Its amazing now that we have a leader in Russia who says he is and tries to lead a Christian life. He goes to church sometimes. Now He is chastising the west for its “homosexual propaganda” movement. …he signed a law in July of 2013 so that foreign same-sex couples cannot adopt Russian orphans. Wow! The shoe is on the other foot now. Is Putin and Russia now leading in small steps the West back to its senses? Will he help to restore or retain some Judeo Christian values in Russia and recall these same values back where they are lost in the West.
Is this a fruit of the beginnings of the conversion of Russia? Will Russia lead us back to the values we once held and lost? Or, is it a political ploy? Please read the following e post by Robert Moynihan and feel free to link up to other posts he has published on the subject or we will share with you here when time allows. Let us know what you think?………Send your comments. See my other Blog Speramus-We Hope:
I have the kind permission by Robert Moynihan to republish various E letters from the Moynihan Reports that are of interest to the Fatima Message. Tthe following major event of President Putin meeting with Pope Francis in Rome is a Historical Moment whose implications were largely ignored by the mainstream media. What does this meeting mean? Is this a fruit of the Collegial consecration of Russia? Let us know what you think……
Subject: Letter #100: Moscow Visits Rome
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 — Moscow Visits Rome
“Two Romes have fallen, the third stands firm — a fourth there will not be.”—Attributed to the Russian Orthodox monk, Filofei, in about 1515 A.D. Filofei, Abbott of a monastery near Pskov, Russia, developed an explanation of this “message,” and submitted it to the Grand Prince of Moscow, Vasilii III (for the complete text of this explanation, see below). Filofei argued that Rome, the original seat of Christianity, had fallen because of corruption and heresy. Constantinople had been given over to the infidel Turks in 1453 because its people had failed to practice true Christianity. Moscow, having succeeded Kiev as the center of Russian Orthodoxy, was therefore the logical successor to the first two “Romes” as the center of true Christianity. Filofei further argued that no fourth “Rome” would ever arise, thus Moscow must carry on the true Christian faith, and the Grand Prince of Muscovy must take on the role of Defender of the Faith.
An Historic Meeting
Here is the official Vatican communique on the meeting.
Communique of the Holy See Press Office: Audience of the Holy Father Granted to the President of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Putin
In the afternoon of Monday 25 November 2013, the President of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Putin, was received in audience by the Holy Father Francis. Mr. Putin subsequently went on to meet with the Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.During the cordial discussions, satisfaction was expressed for the good existing bilateral relations, and the Parties focused on various questions of common interest, especially in relation to the life of the Catholic community in Russia, revealing the fundamental contribution of Christianity in society. In this context, mention was made of the critical situation faced by Christians in some regions of the world, as well as the defense of and promotion of values regarding the dignity of the person, and the protection of human life and the family.Furthermore, special attention was paid to the pursuit of peace in the Middle East and the grave situation in Syria, with reference to which President Putin expressed thanks for the letter addressed to him by the Holy Father on the occasion of the G20 meeting in St. Petersburg. Emphasis was placed on the urgency of the need to bring an end to the violence and to ensure necessary humanitarian assistance for the population, as well as to promote concrete initiatives for a peaceful solution to the conflict, favouring negotiation and involving the various ethnic and religious groups, recognizing their essential role in society.
From this communique, we know that the two men gave “special attention” to the “grave situation in Syria.” Pope Francis on September 7 called for a day of prayer and fasting for peace to avoid the possible outbreak of a wider war in Syria, and a wider war has not broken out, but the situation remains violent and unsettled. Therefore, the two men placed “emphasis” on “the urgency of the need to bring an end to the violence” and “to ensure necessary humanitarian assistance for the population.”
Exchange of Gifts: An Icon of Mary at the Center of the Meeting
Putin presented Francis with an image of the icon of the Madonna of Vladimir, one of the most venerated of all religious icons for the Russian Orthodox faithful.
The Argentine Pope has a profound devotion to the Virgin Mary. He visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major on the morning after his election, and there he prayed before an icon of the Madonna and child known as the “salus Populi Romani.” So his devotion to Marian icons is well attested.
The Issue of Ukrain
So when might Pope Francis visit Russia, to return the visit of President Putin to Rome? Only when ecclesiastical peace comes to Ukraine…
Just a few days ago, prior to Putin’s visit, Russian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill hosted an influential Catholic archbishop in Moscow: Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan.
“We live in an epoch when many of our historic differences should stop playing the critical role they have played in relations between our Churches,” Kirill said during their meeting, RIA Novosti reported.
Putin says he is a man of faith, and he has made an overt effort to show his close ties to the Russian Orthodox Church. Putin regularly makes public appearances at Russian Orthodox services on major holidays, and he has said he has read the Bible and even keeps a copy on his plane. Putin formed a friendship with late Patriarch Alexy II and is close to the current head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, who is a strong political ally. Last week, Putin paid a visit to Kirill on his 67th birthday at Christ the Savior Cathedral, presenting him with a lacquer box adorned with a picture of the Assumption Cathedral of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, along with a bouquet of white roses.
Pope Francis, as head of a state (Vatican City State) as well as a faith, is also concerned ex ufficio with world politics. Prior to the Group of 20 summit in early September, Francis implored Putin to seek a peaceful resolution to the Syrian crisis along with other world leaders. “To the leaders present, to each and every one, I make a heartfelt appeal for them to help find ways to overcome the conflicting positions and to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution [in Syria],” Pope Francis wrote in his letter to Putin.
There are only about 700,000 Catholics in Russia, accounting for about 0.5 percent of the population.
In the 1940s, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin ordered the seizure of Eastern Catholic churches, mostly in the Ukraine, and granted the property to the Russian Orthodox Church. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, in the early 1990s, Catholics took back more than 500 churches, mostly in western Ukraine. The Patriarch and the Pope have never met because of the dispute over these properties, which simmer today.
On November 12, Pope Francis received in the Vatican the “foreign minister” of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev. After the meeting, Hilarion spoke of the possibility of a meeting between Pope and Patriarch. “We are not yet ready to say when and where such a meeting may occur, but we are ready to prepare and work for such a meeting,” he said. The Vatican and Russia established full diplomatic relations in 2009.
It has just been announced the the US intends to downgrade slightly its own embassy to the Vatican, closing its separate Embassy to the Holy See on the Aventine Hill and moving that embassy into an annex of the American Embassy to Italy on the via Veneto…=================================
Interestingly, it was just this morning that Pope Francis met in St. Peter’s Basilica with some 3,000 pilgrims from… the Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine and Belarus. The pilgrims celebrated a liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica in honor of St. Josaphat, patron saint of the reunion of Catholics and Orthodox. (His feast day is November 12, but today was the 50th anniversary of the transfer of his relics were moved to St. Peter’s, to the altar of St. Basil the Great, near the tomb of St. Peter.) Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, celebrated along with the Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk.
The enthusiasm from Shevchuk was evident as he greeted Pope Francis in the Pope’s native language, Spanish.
To you who have been selected to rule, by the highest, the all-powerful and almighty hand of God, by Whose will all rulers on earth govern and Whom all great people praise and about Whom the powerful write the truth, [I address these words] to you, the illustrious sovereign, Grand Prince [of Muscovy], occupier of the high throne, the Orthodox Christian Tsar and lord of all, the administrator of all Holy Churches of God and of the Holy Universal and Apostolic Church and of the Church of the Holy Mother of God, that has made such honest and illustrious progress that it has been enabled to triumph over the Church of Rome as well as over the Church of Constantinople.Heresy caused the downfall of old Rome. The Turks used their axes to shatter the doors of all churches of the Second Rome, the city of Constantinople. Now [in Moscow], the new Third Rome, the Holy Ecumenical Apostolic Church of your sovereign state shines brighter than the sun in the universal Orthodox Christian faith throughout the world. Pious Tsar! Let [people of] your state know that all states of the Orthodox faith have now merged into one, your state. You are the only true Christian ruler under the sky!Tsar! As long as you hold that position, be mindful always of God. Fear God who has bestowed so much on you. Do not rely on gold, wealth, or glory! All of that is collected here and it will remain here on earth. Tsar! Remember the Blissful who held the scepter in His hand and the imperial crown on His head and said: “Do not turn your heart to wealth that is running away from you.” The wise Solomon said: “Wealth and gold are valued not when they are hidden, but when people offer help to those in need. . . .” Tsar! During your rule remember [an additional] two commandments. . . . [The first is]: Do not violate the order which was chosen by your great predecessor [Emperor] Constantine, the beatific Vladimir, the great and God-selected Iaroslav, and all octher blissful and saintly [rulers] from whom you have descended. [And second]: Tsar! Do not harm the Holy churches of God and honest monasteries. [Do not expropriate] chat which has been given to God in return for eternal blessing of the memory of a family. The Fifth Great and Holy Ecumenical Council issued a very strict injunction [against such action]. . . .
Now I beg you and beg you again, please remember what I have said. For God’s sake, please also remember that now all [Orthodox] Christian kingdoms have merged into your tsardom. Henceforth we can expect only one kingdom to come. That kingdom is eternal. I have written this because, admiring you as I do, I have appealed and have prayed to God that He may bless you. Change your stinginess to generosity and your inclemency to kindness. Comfort those who cry and moan day and night. Protect the innocent from their tormentors.
I repeat here what I have written above. Pious Tsar! Listen and remember that all Christian kingdoms have now merged into one, your [tsardom]. Two Romes have fallen. The third stand s[firm]. And there will not be a fourth. No one will replace your Christian tsardom. . . .
Source: Filofei, “Filofei’s Concept of the ‘Third Rome’,” in Basil Dmytryshyn, ed. and trans., Medieval Russia, A Source Book: 850-1700, Fourth Edition (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 2000), pp. 259-61
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