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Vladimir Astapkovich | Sputnik | Sputnik via AFP

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 04/20/22 - updated on 04/20/22

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Wednesday 20 April 2022
1. The Kremlin’s “holy war” against Ukraine: how the Russian Orthodox Church has given ideological backing to the invasion 
2. In pictures: The horror of the war in Ukraine
3. Latin America is becoming more secular
4. In Italy, a shrine to World War II victims becomes a home for Ukrainian refugees
5. A well-known Italian singer performs as the Pope’s opening act


The Kremlin’s “holy war” against Ukraine: how the Russian Orthodox Church has given ideological backing to the invasion 

The Financial Times looks at the support given by the Patriarch of Moscow to Russia’s offensive in Ukraine. Surprising from a Western perspective, this convergence of views between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Kremlin is part of a collaboration that has been accelerating for several decades. “After being suppressed for decades under communism, the church has formed a curious bond with the descendants of the Soviet intelligence services that used to be its persecutors. It has been well rewarded in return, with privileges for its top hierarchy and thousands of new churches being built,” the newspaper notes, mentioning in particular the inauguration in 2020 of a Cathedral of the Russian armed forces. “Though not formally a part of it, the Russian Orthodox Church has become a de facto pillar of Putin’s autocratic regime,” denounces the London business daily. However the Patriarch of Moscow is losing his authority over the Ukrainian Orthodox who have remained under his jurisdiction: Some of his own clergy are demanding that he be tried by an ecclesiastical court for having blessed the massacres.

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