Russian Christmas is traditionally celebrated on January 7 and the Christmas Eve is January 6, due to the difference between the so-called ‘Gregorian’ vs. ‘Julian’ Calendars.
On January 13-14 Russians also love to celebrate ‘The Old New Year,’ a cute family and friends gathering tradition to commemorate the nostalgic ‘old calendar’ which was replaced with the Gregorian Calendar by Lenin in 1918. So, even though Russia lives by internationally accepted today Gregorian Calendar, Christmas continues being celebrated according to traditional Russian Church (Julian) calendar.
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But did you know that that the supposedly ‘Latin’ word calendar is a lot more ancient than its Latinized version. Did you know that it’s actually a RUSSIAN word? It comes from two Russian word roots: kolo + dar. And you won’t believe how many other words in many different languages come from the same roots! What do these roots mean and how it all happened? The story is fascinating!
A lot is revealed in our FORBIDDEN HISTORY & FORGOTTEN ORIGINS Webinars! And I hope we talk more in 2019!
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This didn’t make it into the podcast, as I found it out after it was recorded.
Re. yet another proof of the devilish role of the US in the Orthodox religious schism. I wrote a full report on it, in which I showed how it became clear that the vast majority of independent Orthodox Churches (there are 15 in total) did not support autocephaly for Ukraine. Please refer back to the report for the full picture.
This new evidence adds another piece to the complete picture. After the announcement by Constantinople Patriarch that Kiev would be granted illegal autocephaly, and after the criticism of this announcement by many independent Orthodox Churches, Bulgarian Patriarch came out with initiative to gather the Global Orthodox Sobor (conference or summit), which would vote on it. The PM of Bulgaria immediately received a call from the US State Dept, telling him to interfere in the affairs of the church (illegally), otherwise US would withdraw all financial support they give to Bulgaria. The Bulgarian PM rushed to the Bulgarian Patriarch and made him withdraw the call for the Global Orthodox Sobor. (This intel came out during this talk show 11/18/18.)
The reason the US feared the Orthodox Sobor so much was that they knew very well the vast majority of the Orthodox Patriarchs would vote against autocephaly for Ukraine and that would mean a major win for Russia. It would consolidate global pro-Russian forces, strengthen Russia and Russian Church, while undermining and greatly weakening the Constantinople (aka, Istanbul) Patriarch, whom they control. It would also weaken the Kiev junta, which they also directly control.
Because all this was easy to predict, the US had to stop any possibility of the Global Sobor gathering.
Generally, the extent of the US meddling in the global Orthodox Church affairs that is presently coming out is absolutely mind-boggling and extremely nauseating. They are now trying to turn the Church into yet another anti-Russian weapon.
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This a follow up to:
- The schism begins! Orthodox Church of Florence, Italy, in protest leaves Constantinople Patriarchy and joins Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
- Lada’s Commentary! Russian Patriarch Kirill Speaks: Constantinople Patriarch Religious Schism Result of ‘Global Demand to Destroy Russian Church’
LADA RAY PREDICTIONS:
The weakening of the Russian Church is the US plan in order to hurt Russia as the biggest and main Pravoslavny (Orthodox) state. Russian Church is one of the foundations of the contemporary Russian state, it’s the glue that helps holding the Great Balancer together. Destroy the Church – you’ll weaken Russia.
Will they succeed? Temporarily yes, as confusion and in-fighting intensifies within the global Orthodoxy, and as many independent regional churches are forced to choose sides. There is much grief and tribulations expecting the people of Ukraine, as well, since the corruption reached astronomical proportions and the people allowed the ukro-nazi junta to take over.
The so-called ‘managed chaos’ is the US plan for the entire world. Not just for Ukraine or the Russian Church. It is the same exact plan for the US European ‘allies,’ and for China, and for Asia, and for Latin America. Everyone and everything, from the US perspective are pawns in the big game.
Don’t forget, the US is feeling the heat, its power is slipping away all around the globe and as I was predicting before, they’d do anything and everything to preserve this ill-gotten power!
By instituting a wholesale chaos around the world, whether it’s global trade wars, sanctions or religious wars, the US hopes to again improve their status and prevent the collapse! Long-term they’ll certainly fail.
In the end, I see the Constantinople patriarchy hurting most as a result of its betrayal of he Russian Church and the centuries-old canonical principles. As a result, it may be stripped of its privileges or even disappear. It certainly will lose much of its reputation. It appears however, that Bartholomew, blinded by ego, jealousy and hate, is ready for the global religious war in order to become a schismatic ‘Orthodox pope,’ and to earn his cash. Per recently voiced accusations, he received $25 million from the US. It’s also unclear what role is played by Turkey in this whole scenario.
But whatever happens, Russian Church must go through a cleansing and re-evaluating of priorities process, in order to determine who they can or cannot trust.
NOTE! We all individually, and every single country, will have to go through the same process as part of the EARTH SHIFT!
In the end, I predict that RUSSIA THE GREAT BALANCER WILL COME OUT A WINNER!
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The schism begins! Orthodox Church of Florence, Italy, in protest leaves Constantinople Patriarchy and joins Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
The fallout of the global religious war started by Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew (Istanbul) driven by ego, jealousy and greed, together with Kiev junta and US, has begun! Read my preceding FT post: Lada’s Commentary! Russian Patriarch Kirill Speaks: Constantinople Patriarch Religious Schism Result of ‘Global Demand to Destroy Russian Church’
LINK: Община Флоренции ушла из юрисдикции Константинополя в знак протеста против решений по Украине (RUS). Translation: Orthodox community of Florence left Constantinople Patriarchy in protest against decisions on autocephaly for Ukrainian Church.
- Решение об этом было принято в знак протеста против действий Фанара на Украине, пишет издание Parlons D’orthodoxie.
The community said that ‘they stopped understanding Constantinople Patriarch’ and couldn’t go on with him. Florence church now joins the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, which is an autonomous branch of the Russian Church.
Incidentally, The Russian Church Abroad, uniting Pravoslavnie (Russian Orthodox) believers from N. America to Australia, already expressed its complete disapproval of the schism orchestrated by the Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew. So did a number of other Eastern Orthodox churches, including the Church of Alexandria and All Africa, Church of Antioch and All East, and Church of Jerusalem.
**Unlike in Catholicism, in Orthodox Christianity each Patriarchy is autonomous and such decisions can be made collectively only. Bartholomew broke all rules and canons of the church, by acting as if he was a Pope. The problem is that his actions are fully supported by the US, as I’ve shown in previous post.**
How many other church communities will leave Constantinople patriarchy? Will this religious war split and weaken the global Orthodox church? Yes, it will, as this is the original design of puppet masters, in order to weaken and destroy Russia, by hitting at its mainstay spiritual foundation. But this will backfire in the end for those who have masterminded this scheme.
By latests polls, 92% of Ukrainians will stay with the Russian Church, Moscow Patriarchy, and they are ready to defend their churches and monasteries from forced takeovers planned by Kiev and Bartholomew.
And this is just the beginning! The real fallout is only coming for the Constantinople patriarchy, Kiev junta and those who are pulling strings behind the scenes! The result may be incredibly and shockingly bad… And they don’t even know what’s coming to them…
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Lada’s Commentary! Russian Patriarch Kirill Speaks: Constantinople Patriarch Religious Schism Result of ‘Global Demand to Destroy Russian Church’
The actions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate concerning splitting up Ukrainian Orthodox church is a global demand to destroy the Russian Orthodox Church. This is what Patriarch Kirill said while speaking in Moscow at the VIII festival of the Orthodox press “Faith and the Word”. Answering journalists’ questions, the patriarch shared his impression of contacts with Bartholomew, who blocked all attempts at a peaceful resolution.
He didn’t specify who exactly is behind this ‘global demand.’ But we very well know (and I discussed it in detail in my recent report – see link below) that the emissaries sent to Kiev to facilitate the schism are one from the US and another from Canada, and both of them are originally from Western Ukraine, where the Bandera ukro-nazi movement originated. One of them used to work for the US State Dept. They both are rabidly Russophobic and bent on turning Ukraine into anti-Russia.
In my complete report I also talked to you about a strange ‘coincidence,’ overlooked by most. Geoff Pyatt, the US ex-ambassador to Ukraine, who together with Victoria Nuland orchestrated and presided over Kiev Maidan and coup in 2014, is now the ambassador to Greece, successfully subverting it in the direction of Russophobia.
And what was Greece? One of Russia’s biggest long-term allies in the EU for years.
And who is the Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew? He is a Greek, living in Turkey. And who are the majority of his parishioners? That would be the members of Greek Orthodox churches in Canada and US.
Make your own conclusions…
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USA Actively Subverting Greece & Instigating Religious War!
They successfully subverted Ukraine. They successfully turned Russia’s closest sisterly nation Russophobic and fascist.
It may be the dying empire, but it still has a lot of bite. Its servants and vassals are still many, and as I continuously predict, they’ll be fighting tooth and nail and they’ll try to take everyone they can with them into the abyss.
Grim prediction, but accurate. Thankfully, we have Russia, who will continue stopping mankind from plunging into the abyss. We still have good and honest people, we also have a small but powerful number of the highly evolved people, who will continue speaking the truth and revealing their true clandestine plans. And together we’ll shift the situation to a better outcome. But at a cost. The cost is grave and it is being paid every day.
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Meet USA’s next victims: GREECE and CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH!
Chummy Putin and Greek PM Tsipras, 2017
The US got it: they lost the Nord Stream-2 battle and they are trying to switch to sabotaging the Turkish-Southern Europe Stream. There is a serious rumor about how they are meddling in Greece and Turkey.
You remember how several years ago Tsipras, the PM of Greece, tried to ask Russia for money and threatened to exit EU and side with Russia. This was called Grexit. Last year it was also announced that Turkish Stream would continue on to Europe through Greece. This was a big leg-up for Greece, and Tsipras was seen at many Russian international events, smiling.
Traditionally, for many years Russian-Greek relations have been top notch. For various reasons: Russia liberated Greece from the Ottoman yoke and they seemed grateful; Russia and Greece are sharing the same Orthodox faith; there has been an emotional affinity.
Then, very suddenly Russia-Greece relations hit a strange snag several months ago, seemingly for no reason.
Despite that snag, Russians, with their usual hopefulness, planned to turn the relations around soon. A couple of months ago, Russia was also the first to help Greece with recent fires by sending professional rescuers, helicopters and tech to the devastated Greece. But instead of a thank you (which shocked Russians), Russia got a stonewalled silence when it came to choosing sides in the Ukraine religious schism situation.
HOW’S THAT POSSIBLE? Why such sudden change in Greece’s behavior? What caused it? You may think I sound like a broken record when I tell you that it’s all because of the US. Some may even roll their eyes.
Ah, but I have direct proof. We don’t even need to know all the details of the situation. All we need to know is one fact only.
WHO IS THE CURRENT US AMBASSADOR TO GREECE?
‘Geoffrey Pyatt is the New US Ambassador to Greece. US Ambassador to Greece David D. Pearce is being replaced by Geoffrey R. Pyatt, a former US Ambassador to Ukraine. The USState Department has chosen an experienced and firm diplomat as the next American Ambassador to Greece. May 6, 2016.’
Who is Geoffrey Pyatt?
It is the same man who successfully subverted Ukraine and organized, along with Victoria Nuland, the Kiev Maidan!
Geoffrey Pyatt, US ambassador to Ukraine, holds the #UnitedForUkraine banner (tall man on left), together with the Kiev US embassy staff, during the Kiev Maidan, which is a direct interference in the affairs of another country!
Pics 2-3: Geoffrey Pyatt and Victoria Nuland giving out the infamous ‘cookies’ and burgers on Kiev Maidan, 2014
After Pyatt successfully subverted Ukraine they sent him to another hot spot, aka, another Russia-friendly country and Russia’s KEY ally in Europe! In other words, to Greece.
What’s happening in Greece today, due to the US interference, is directly connected to the global Orthodox religious schism, which may result in the global religious war, and which is a direct stab at Russia. This stab, for which Ukraine is being used yet again, is extremely dangerous and very significant, even for those of us who aren’t religious or Russian Orthodox.
(I explained in Earth Shift Report 22 what Orthodox schism, and a potential global religious war, may mean.)
It is a stab directly into the heart of the Russian identity. It is a direct attempt to sabotage and destroy the Russian World form within, therefore, attempting to destroy Russia the Great Balancer!
Orthodox Schism> Sorry to say, the meddling of the US has gotten out of control. The situation is bizarre and completely illegal. It basically is a hostile takeover, with the idea to weaken and dismember Russia and Ukraine further. As of now, 11 out of 15 independent Orthodox churches (if we count the Moscow Patriarchy), and various divisions of the church, said no to Ukraine’s autocephaly and church independence.
Soon we’ll know how much the US can twist arms and how far they are prepare to go. My prediction: unfortunately, all the way…
That was a year ago: Putin treated like king (or emperor) at the Greek Orthodox monastery, while on a trip to Greece. That Golden throne of sorts in which he stands (one must stand in the Orthodox church during a service) was reserved millennium ago for Byzantium Emperors. Putin was blessed for his future word and deeds to benefit humanity, by the Greek monks.
The so-called ‘Constantinople Patriarch Bartholomew’, whose very tiny, comprised of only a few thousand believers flock is located in the Phanar (Fener) quarter of Istanbul, Turkey. Bartholomew, a Greek by nationality, is Turkish citizen, and he once served in the Turkish army.
Bartholomew recently made an announcement that Ukrainian church will receive the autocephaly (independence) and separate from the Moscow Patriarchy very soon.
This announcement is already being compared to the Great Christian Schism of 1054, when Christianity split into Orthodox and Catholic.
The consequences facing Ukraine are also being compared to the St. Bartholomew Day’s Massacre in France, and it is noted that the Constantinople Patriarch’s name isn’t Bartholomewby accident .
It is also said that the Constantinople Patriarch has no authority to interfere into the affairs of the Russian Church in Ukraine. He isn’t the Pope and the structure of the Orthodox church is very different. There is no formal head, but 15 independent churches, which decide their affairs collectively.
Out of 15 independent Orthodox Churches 11 (including Russian) are against the schism and against autocephaly for Ukraine. Greece turned out to be one of the four churches who said ‘yes’, or are silent. this was so unexpected that only one conclusion can be made: the US fingerprints are all over it!
As I wrote in ESR22, Russia is working tirelessly on all levels to stop the schism and to improve relations with Greece. The US does everything to continue souring them.
To illustrate the magnitude of the problem, here are some stats:
There are 300 million Orthodox believers in the world. One half of these, 150 million, are members of the Russian Orthodox Church (Correct Russian name: Pravoslavnaya Church).
The influence of the Russian Church and Russian Patriarch is such that when the Pope needs to meet with an Orthodox Patriarch, he meets with the Russian Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, not with the nominal ‘head’ of the church, Bartholomew of Istanbul.
Patriarch Kirill has proven to be a skilled leader and wise politician. He managed, for instance, to turn around Russia’s relations with Bulgaria. I also was a witness to how wisely he handled one controversial insider situation among the monks at one Russian monastery. He presides over the Moscow Patriarchy, which is a state within several different states, and manages to balance out the many issues and ambitions. He also calibrates highly, a big, big plus. Unlike Bartholomew, and many other leaders of various churches and organized religions, I might add.
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
Patriarch Kirill and Putin
This is what’s making Bartholomew so jealous, and violently so. He is ready to generate a global religious war and split the church, so he would become the new ‘orthodox pope’ to all kinds of rebels and defectors.
Bartholomew was advised by many not to do so, but in the end he succumbed to the sins of jealousy and greed.
Do you know what the defining problem is? It’s: MONEY. The Constantinople patriarch is severely strapped for cash. And the US can bribe very effectively.
In the past, Russia saved the Constantinople patriarch more than once from bankruptcy, giving him money throughout the years.
But lately, the US and Canada gave lots of Greek Orthodox churches on their territory to the Constantinople patriarchy, and that’s who pays his bills nowadays. The end result is: US/Canada dictate the policies of The nominal Constantinople patriarchy.
The proof is on the surface: Bartholomew announced that he is sending two envoys to Kiev, one from the US and another from Canada. This ‘dynamic schism duo’ is supposed to prepare Ukraine for autocephaly. Both are originally FROM WESTERN UKRAINE. This in itself speaks volumes, as this is from where the ukro-nazism and Bandera fascism spread all over Ukraine. The one from the US is actually an ex-US State Dept employee, who also was first a Catholic or Protestant, but for some reason felt the urge to switch to Orthodox Christianity, probably because State Dept decided it would look better on his resume, what with his mission to create religious schism.
It’s being openly said in Russia that the Constantinople patriarch took American money, LOTS of it, and this accounts for his illegal move. This US money sweetens Bartholomew’s jealousy and resentment against the Russian patriarch, who’s got both power and money.
Generally, this schism may be a good wakeup call in the end. There may be a silver lining in that it’ll allow people to look with a more critical eye at Christianity and organized religion. This may also be a wakeup call for all the Russian culture / Russian world people, regardless of where they live. There is an all out war declared against Russia. This new anti-Russian move may remind all those who consider themselves a part of the Russian World to unite and consolidate, regardless of their religion.
That said, we should always treat the feelings of religious people with utmost respect, as faith and spirituality are very delicate matters of the soul, and should not be trampled on.
But make no mistake: those who are doing it aren’t about religion and they don’t care about the feelings of the religious people. They are cold-blooded predators who only want one thing: the tearing apart of the Slavic world and the destruction of Russia.
The fact that there is an all out war against Russia is being now recognized even by the most pro-West and Russophobic Russian liberals. Examples: recent statements by well-known neo-liberals Sytin and Nadezhdin.
Nadezhdin was a close ally of Yeltsin in the ’90s and a big part of the ’90s ‘reforms.’ He has recently been saying at Vladimir Soloviev shows that Russia needs to protect herself better and that US along with Ukraine are playing a dangerous game. He had some stronger words, too. But Nadezhdin at least loves his country, Russia, however strangely he expresses it most of the time.
There is a much more striking example. Meet Sytin, a self-proclaimed Russian Russophobe, who lives in Moscow with his Ukrainian (also Russophobic) wife. In a recent show with Soloviev, when Skripal hoax and new anti-Russian sanctions were discussed, he began with this opening remark (I’m rephrasing): I am not for Russia, and I am not a patriot in any shape or form. So, as an unbiased outsider, I am telling you all: THERE IS AN ALL OUT WAR THAT HAS BEEN DECLARED AGAINST RUSSIA, AND UNLESS YOU WAKE UP, YOU’LL BE OBLITERATED.
CONCLUSION: what’s happening is so blatant that it’s beginning to become evident even for some of the blind Russian neolibs and Russophobes. As we see, even those who cannot be accused of any support for Putin, and even those who openly or secretly hate Russia, are beginning to see what the West is doing! That is, if they have a modicum of honesty and honor. This applies to both Russians and non-Russians.
If they don’t, you’ll see them continue trying to destroy Russia, and continue lying about Russia. This will be your litmus test going forward: if they continue lying and blaming Russia for all mortal sins, this is a sure sign they are completely dishonest and sold-out. This is how you know whether to trust a specific organization, news outlet, book, politician or leader of a country, or not.
P.S. As we see, not much has changed in the US since Obama.
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Gorgeous Russian orthodox chant by Pavel Chesnokov “We Praise Thee”
Russian: ‘Тебе поем’ (Tebe Poem – We sing to you)
Dear friends, readers and followers,
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May all your sacred wishes come true!
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新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè)
For Russians the biggest annual holiday is the New Year. I have done big posts for previous New Years, where I gave recommendations for various New Year’s films, posted holiday music, beautiful images and videos, as well as gave the history and lore of the Winter Holidays. In the end of this post you’ll see the links to my past articles. This time, on the light holiday note I want to share with you some of Russian New Year / Christmas pics and traditions.
So you know, in Russia that well-known magical guy who gives out presents is called ‘Ded Moroz’ (Grandfather Frost). He is the equivalent of the Western Santa, but per Russians, he definitely, no question about it, resides in the ancient town of Veliky Ustyug, in northern Russia.
Here’s Putin, together with Ded Moroz at his official residence in Veliky Ustyug ~
Ded Moroz doesn’t come for Christmas, as in the West. He comes for New Year’s, which is (if I may say so myself) the right way of doing things. 😉
Why? You probably know by now that in fact the figure of Ded Moroz / Santa Claus / San Nickolas is a pagan spirit, or god, of winter. At one point it was absorbed by Western Christianity so that to entice more people to convert. Russian Orthodox Christians, shall we say, were a bit more honest about it.
Regardless of what he’s called and when he comes, we all love and welcome him, along with his companion, who in Russia is his beautiful granddaughter, Snegurochka (snow maiden). Snegurochka is certainly also an original Vedic nature goddess character.
As seen on top pic, Russian Ded Moroz brings his gifts normally in a sleigh pulled by three horses, not by reindeer.
This is the northern Russian version of Ded Moroz, straight out of ancient legends — the true Vedic God of Winter. Look at his outfit (remember my Forbidden History articles on FuturisTrendcast?) Read the rest of this entry
Pope Francis: Catholic Church’s Pope, an ancient title he holds ex officio as Bishop of Rome, in which capacity he is Sovereign ad vitam of the Vatican City State. Born: December 17, 1936 (age 78), Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Full name: Pope Francis. Nationality: Argentine. Parents: Mario Jose Bergoglio, Regina Maria Sivori.
During his visit to Italy two days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Pope Francis at the Vatican. It has to be noted that, while the Pope is obviously not fooled about what’s happening in the world – undoubtedly, his Argentine roots play a role in his clear vision – Italy as a state also is trying to find a way to quietly mend relations with Russia outside of the EU. It’s interesting that Putin’s visit took place directly after the G7 bash in Germany, during which Merkel and Obama sang a lot of anti-Russian songs in-between of sips of banana-flavored beer (not kidding) and vowed more anti-Russian sanctions.
It is also happening against the backdrop of the US trying to sneak its mid-range nuclear missiles into the EU, targeting Russia, and many other ugly things that signal the fresh push for World War IV (WWIV because, in all truth, we should really consider the Cold War as WWIII). But more about that in another piece.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s third meeting with Putin in the past year is a signal that Italy is attempting to distance itself from Germany and the US. Italy is obviously trying to wiggle its way out the crippling anti-Russian, and return Russian, sanctions. Italians have told me that Italian agriculture is hard hit by the quid pro quo sanctions.
At the same time, Italy is trying to revive its lucrative energy cooperation with Russia, which the US and its vassals in the EU are actively sabotaging. Italian energy companies have been working on deals with Russia since Berlusconi. The most important component of these deals was the direct supply of the Russian gas to Italy via the southern route, which was supposed to be accomplished via South Stream. The northern route – Nord Stream – was successfully and very quickly pushed through by Germany, utilizing the German clout in international affairs.
Italian clout isn’t nearly as substantial. Moreover (I wrote about that in the past), Berlusconi’s reputation with women notwithstanding, he was undoubtedly pushed out of his post because of his close relationship with Putin and ‘excessive’ friendliness towards Russia.
The Italian energy companies, first of all Eni, took a blow after US managed to sabotage South Stream and the project was closed. The new Turkish Stream project is needed like fresh air by many countries, but it is already running into significant difficulties due to sabotage from the same source. See my video: Macedonia Coup Attempt – War Against Russia & China (LRL12). The new twist in this saga is coming up in one of my future vids. Stay tuned!
Pope Francis is another thing all together. Catholic church and the Vatican continue to hold a very substantial sway over worldly affairs, even if this soft power is invisible to most.
Francis’ interest in meeting with President Putin isn’t so much economics, although this issue concerns anyone who lives in Italy; while the Vatican is a separate state, it is, after all, geographically a part of Rome. Additionally, much of the Pope’s flock resides in Italy and surely, his people are well-aware of those farmers and shippers who are going bankrupt because of sanctions; they know of losses Italian energy and industrial companies are suffering.
Still the Pope’s main interest at this point is geopolitics and the diplomacy of peace. And that’s where it gets interesting.
During Putin and Pope’s behind-the-closed-doors visit, which lasted 50 minutes – longer than prescribed – Pope Francis gave Putin the “Angel of Peace” medal. This medal is said to have the ability to create peace and protection, as well as the solidarity among peoples. The choice of words is very interesting: a symbol – ‘talisman,’ ‘wish’ – of protection and peace is being given to Putin by the head of the Catholic church. ‘Solidarity’ is the word feared terribly in the US, but used broadly in socialist and left-leaning societies, including South America and Pope’s native Argentina. Pope Francis has also mentioned that the Bible addresses not just spiritual matters, but also geopolitics as one of the important aspects of human co-habitation. The above language of symbols and hints, typical for the Vatican, thus reflects an important message.
The US pressured (and by pressure I mean blackmailed, coerced and attacked in the media) Francis to take a tough line on Putin and condemn Russia. Meanwhile, the head of the so-called Greek-Catholic church of Ukraine archbishop Shevchuk criticised the Pope for meeting with Putin and urged him to shorten or cancel the meeting.
The Greek-Catholic church of Ukraine is something that was created in the 18-19th centuries, during a forceful Catholic conversion of the western Ukraine population – at the time under Catholic Poland and Austria-Hungary. It is in fact Catholicism disguised with a thin layer of Greek flavor (the words ‘Russian Orthodox’ were banished).
Since the 2014 Kiev maidan coup, Ukraine’s Greek-Catholics took a very violent posture against Russian Orthodox churches and priests, traditional for most of Ukraine. Many Orthodox churches in Donbass were destroyed by bombings or burned down and looted. Many priests and church-goers continue being threatened and humiliated. A large number of Orthodox churches all over Ukraine were forcibly taken away from the rightful owners and converted into Greek-Catholic ones.
Someone asked me last year, when all this was going on, whether Pope Francis was becoming a hidden ally of Russia. My reply was that the only thing Francis could do as far as Ukraine was to offer an olive branch and try to distance himself from what was happening in Ukraine. This is what he did.
The extreme violence and rage of the primarily Greek-Catholic element from western Ukraine isn’t something he can control. But after the violence finally calms down and the right people come to power in what is now Ukraine (recall my timeline: 2016 -2018), all the churches wrongly taken away from the Russian Orthodox church will be returned to the rightful owners. Let’s consider this one of my little predictions. Putin and Francis spoke behind the closed doors and the topics of their conversation were not disclosed. But knowing Putin, I am sure that he got a promise from the Pope that he would use his power to return the churches.
The Vatican continues being a powerful and deep-reaching conglomeration of various interests, from spiritual to financial and geopolitical. This is one of those entities that can subtly influence world opinion and serve as part of the diplomatic solution, when used for good. There are one billion Catholics in the world today. The power of the Catholic church stretches through Europe and Latin America, as well as many countries of Asia and Africa. Catholic influence in the US is not as significant and it is doubtful that Pope Francis would be able to talk any sense into the US ‘leadership.’ On the contrary, US has the audacity to admonish the Pope and read him lectures on how he should conduct his affairs. What else is new?
But it is out there for all to see that this Pope is different. Pope Francis clearly disagrees with the West and the US and he clearly prefers Putin. In fact, there is a talk of an unlikely alliance. Call it a soft-power diplomatic-spiritual alliance. Francis likes the fact that Putin has positioned himself as defender of Christians, who are under attack in Syria, Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East. Francis also took a pro-Assad and pro-Syrian government position against the US.
Pope Francis and all heads of the Catholic Church – as leaders of most other main religions – prefer Putin to Obama, or other Western leaders. The reason lies in Putin’s straightforward conservative values combined with his active stance in promoting religious tolerance, equality, friendship and cooperation between various religions. I hear the same from prominent leaders of Jewish and Muslim religions. Since most people on the planet are religious, this is something that endears Putin to many.
Pope Francis is undoubtedly anti-US hegemony, anti-Western imperialism and militarism. He has to be as diplomatic and possible, but the fact remains: this is certainly his Argentine roots talking. Based on the above, Putin and Francis hit it off pretty well.
But it goes deeper than that. I believe that it’s well beyond Pope Francis and his personal preferences, although it helps to have the right man at the helm.
The Vatican elites aren’t blind. They see where the wind is blowing – and it’s away from the US and West, towards the East. Call it abandoning the sinking ship of the West OR steering the Vatican ship into more promising waters…
The Vatican is re-orienting towards the East, Russia and China.
And the Vatican isn’t the only one. Israel is doing the same, and not just Israel.
But what about Putin? Oh, he plays his master chess as usual. I wrote in 2014 that Putin, with his out-of-this-world tireless productivity, circled the world and managed to glue together a network of various allies all over the globe. Sure, the US has the biggest and scariest army in the world; it also controls the world media and financial system. It can intimidate, bribe, blackmail or attack anyone. That’s why countries are afraid to speak up. But the future is behind the alliance that is forming quietly, and often secretly, behind the scenes.
Putin continues looking for new allies, quietly weaving together the new world, where the US won’t be hegemon. And now the Vatican is slowly but surely shifting towards this alliance.
Italy is the friendliest towards Russia out of all significant Western economies. The Vatican, located in the middle of Italy, is positioning itself for the future. The Pope’s friendly position towards Putin and Russia also reflects the opinion of the majority of Catholics in Italy, Spain, Greece, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and all of Latin America, as well as Asia and Africa. And it’s not what Washington has hoped for.
An interesting confirmation of what I said from an unlikely source, CNN!
I really don’t read or watch CNN. But as I was looking for the Pope and Putin’s image online, this popped up: ‘Why only Putin could turn up late for meeting with the Pope’ – Link to article. Moscow (CNN):
“There aren’t many world leaders prepared to keep the Pope hanging around for a meeting. Russia’s President is perhaps the only one.
Pope Francis discovered this on Wednesday as he waited, patiently, for more than an hour at the Vatican for his guest to finally arrive. There aren’t many world leaders either who could annex one part of a neighboring country while backing a bloody rebellion in another part, and still avoid strong criticism from, arguably, the world’s most influential religious figure. Vladimir Putin appears to fall into that narrow category too.
The issue of Ukraine was raised, we’re told, during their brief, closed-door meeting. According to a Vatican statement, “The Holy Father affirmed that it is necessary to make a sincere and great effort to forge peace,” in the war-ravaged country. Pope Francis and Putin also agreed to “restore a climate of dialogue.”
But the exchange was not the condemnation called for by many, including members of the Greek Catholic congregation, who number millions in Ukraine, and who have expressed frustration at the Pope’s failure to criticize Russia’s role in the Ukraine conflict. Nor are the words likely to satisfy the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth Hackett, who urged the Vatican, ahead of the Putin meeting, to “say more about concerns on territorial integrity” in Ukraine.
To be fair, the Vatican is not following the same diplomatic agenda as Western governments regarding Russia.
Hale goes on to suggest that Francis may play a diplomatic role in resolving the conflict in Ukraine too. But if Wednesday’s meeting was anything to go on, in which the Pontiff and the President exchanged gifts, I wouldn’t get your hopes up.
No, that meeting was more about Putin than the Pope. Just a day after being publicly scolded by the world’s industrial powers, the G7 — including a particularly strong rebuke from U.S. President Barack Obama — Putin was shoulder to shoulder with the spiritual leader of 1 billion Roman Catholics worldwide.
Russia may not be quite so isolated after all.”
New related article: Ask Lada: Pope Francis, Satanic Cults, Religions and Consciousness (Ep1)
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This is to add and to clarify my yesterday’s post: Urgent! Ukraine Nazi Vandals Scheduled to Destroy UNESCO World Heritage Site in Odessa on 10/14!
Here is additional info.
Turns out today the western Ukraine fascists are ‘celebrating’ an anniversary of the ‘UPA’ – the Bandera fascist liberation army that was a close ally of Hitler during WWII and that is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths and executions.
It has to be noted that western Ukraine nazis, who are the most aggressive and vicious part of the Ukraine society, have taken over and intimidated the rest of the country. It happened gradually, just like with Hitler and German Nazis in the 1930s, and just like in Germany it happened because of 3 factors: 1. national humiliation and economic meltdown that breeds hatred and violence in un-evolved humans; 2. the population of a country – whether Ukraine or Germany – not resisting/allowing the rise of the nazi plague. In Ukraine, Yanukovich and others before him, allowed ukro-nazi marches all over the country; 3. financing from abroad – always from the same source: the Anglo-Saxon elites. Both in Germany and Ukraine’s cases US, UK, CIA and their allies financed, trained and instigated the dark forces. For a full list of who was behind this, please read my above-referenced article.
Incidentally, I will talk about all of the above in greater detail in my upcoming Earth Shift Report 2: The Historic Roots of Russophobia in Ukraine and How to Cure It.
So, the western ukro-nazi anniversary from HELL is being celebrated by the Nazi-style ‘Torch Night,’ the Kiev violence, the country-wide monument destruction and takeover of churches and cathedrals all over Ukraine.
This is what I wrote yesterday in Ukraine Nazi Vandals to Destroy UNESCO World Heritage Site in Odessa:
“Church Pogroms Planned! Another UNESCO World Heritage Site under attack!
Just learned that on October 14, 2014 they are also preparing to destroy and/or capture various Russian Orthodox churches and cathedrals all around Ukraine. Crazed nazi right sector and ultra-nationalist mobs have been threatening priests in Russian churches and vandalizing the church property for months. However, this is something new. Tomorrow, they plan a streamlined action, in which they want to take control of all Russian Orthodox church property everywhere in Ukraine. Russian Orthodox is the traditional faith of the people here since about the 10th century. In fact, it was in Kiev, the Kievan Rus, where Christianity started on Russian lands.
Among other churches, tomorrow they plan to capture the Kiev-Pechorskaya Lavra in Kiev, the seat of the Russian Orthodox church in Ukraine. The beautiful Kiev-Pechorskaya Lavra is a 800-year-old massive Orthodox monastery, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Link to article.”
UNESCO World Heritage Site: 800-year-old Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra, the ORIGINAL seat of the Russian Orthodox Church
UNESCO World Heritage Site: Kiev-Pecherskaya Lavra
In response to my yesterday’s article, reader Aeyrie says:
It has to be noted that western Ukrainians had been converted to Catholicism by those who occupied those parts in the 18-19th centuries, namely, Poland and Austria-Hungary. They call it Ukrainian Greek-Catholicism, as in “a combination of Ukrainianism, Greek Orthodoxy and Catholicism,” which of course is a silly misnomer designed to dupe the masses. In fact it is Catholicism steeped in the darkest kind of ultra-nationalism. The conversion was done based on the principle that there is nothing that divides people better than a difference in religion. This weapon was historically used often by occupiers to divide and conquer.
In many instances, western Ukraine population was converted violently, churches were burned and people shipped to concentration camps. Now, the descendants of those who experienced violence execute violence against others. Now they want to convert the rest of Ukraine forcibly into a crazy mix of Catholicism and god knows what. Just imagine the confused identity of these people, just imagine the mess in their heads based on the contradictions they grew up with!
I am non-religious in a conventional 3D sense, and I am absolutely neutral to the church of any kind. I respect deeply the Russian and world history, and I admire and study the architectural beauty and the peaceful feel of houses of worship, cathedrals and churches of all denominations worldwide. I strive to see the good in any religion. As long as the practice is peaceful, ALL people must be allowed to practice religion of their choosing freely and safely, and no one, nowhere, should ever threaten them, or their priests.
So far, several churches in Ukraine have been burned down, shelled and damaged. Some Orthodox priests have been harassed and beaten; church property destroyed. All this is a sure indication that Ukraine is now a full-blown fascist state of the darkest kind.
The threatening leaflets and letters that are being distributed tell the Russian Orthodox priests to either transfer into the break-away, unrecognized by the global church, Kiev patriarchy, or to leave the country. Same is mandated for the parishioners who resist the conversion. If the priests refuse to leave their church and the parishioners to transfer, then the UPA ukro-nazi leaflets threaten them with their lives.
This is what these leaflets say: “Death to Moscow priests (meaning Russian Orthodox). On October 14, we’ll return the churches to Ukraine.” “We, Ukraine patriots offer you to transfer into the Ukrainian Church under the rulership of Filaret. Or you must leave the territory of Ukraine, otherwise radical measures will be used against you.” I dread to think what radical measures they are referring to. Link to report with these quotes in Russian.
Today is October 14th. Welcome to the anniversary from HELL!