Religion and Conflict

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Orthodox Christians in Gaza City
Religion and Conflict

Orthodox Christians in Gaza City

In his fight against those in Gaza whom he called “human animals,” the Israeli defense minister on October 8 vowed to act “accordingly” by cutting off fuel, food, water, and electricity to the impoverished strip of land. With this explicit policy of collective punishment (which has gotten even more collective and punishing in the last…

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What about “The Songs of Zion” (Ps. 137:3)?<span class='secondary-title'>The Orthodox Church and the Conflict in Gaza</span>
Religion and Conflict

What about “The Songs of Zion” (Ps. 137:3)?The Orthodox Church and the Conflict in Gaza

Until 2023, before I left the Russian Orthodox Church, I was a priest of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Thus, I have spent four years in Israel, and on the one hand, and I’m familiar with the context, but on the other I cannot be impartial, still feeling anxious about my friends there. Assessing…

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Prayer Forced Me to Leave the Russian Orthodox Church
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Prayer Forced Me to Leave the Russian Orthodox Church

On February 7th, 2023, still a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, I boarded a plane and left the Holy Land, where I was serving as a member of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem (REM). Only after landing in Antalya (Turkey) did I publish a post on social media in which I announced my…

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Persecuting Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh)
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Persecuting Armenians in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh)

As I pen down these words in my office at the Armenian Theological Seminary of the Holy See of Cilicia, it’s heartrending to acknowledge that over 120,000 Armenian individuals, including children in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) within the South Caucasus, are facing the dire fate of starvation. Unlike many other instances of famine, this crisis has been…

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By Silence God is Betrayed…Again
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By Silence God is Betrayed…Again

On May 11th, 2023, Moscow priest John Koval was defrocked by the ecclesiastical court after being suspended by Patriarch Kirill in February of the same year. His offense was replacing the word “victory” with “peace” in the “Prayer for Holy Rus’” mandated by the Patriarchate of Moscow to be included in all litanies. The “offensive”…

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Inter-Orthodox Relations in the Symbolic Field of Ukrainian Society
Inter-Orthodox Relations, Religion and Conflict

Inter-Orthodox Relations in the Symbolic Field of Ukrainian Society

The last year has been a difficult and conflictual one in Ukraine. It seems that war has become a way of life and thinking. It reanimates conflicts, exposes people’s feelings, opens old wounds, provokes intolerance and the search for an enemy, embitters, and most importantly, it makes people believe that there are simple solutions to…

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Public Orthodoxy is a publication of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University