Putin Says He Was Baptized by Patriarch Kirill’s Father in 1952

In this interview, Vladimir Putin says his baptism was kept secret from his father, who was a member of the Communist Party. His mother took him to be baptized at the Transfiguration Cathedral in Leningrad at the end of 1952. Putin says the priest suggested giving him the name Michael, but Putin’s mother insisted on…

Why Orthodoxy is the True Faith – Osipov A.I.

In this world of religious pluralism, you encounter such a multitude of preachers, each offering up his own ideals, standards for living, and religious views, that members of past generations, even my own, would probably not envy you. It was easier for us: the principal question for us was religion versus atheism. Something much greater,…

REVOLUTIONS AND DIABOLISM

Sin clouded mind of our people. They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man (Job 12:25). Epistle of St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia *** According to St. Seraphim of Sarov, devil was the first revolutionary, who rebelled against God. That is why all…

OUR SPIRITUAL STATE DETERMINES OUR LIVES

Professor Alexei Osipov Giving charity What more can be said about this other than what Christ Himself said? Do not sound a trumpet before thee (Matt. 6:2). There was a custom that the Pharisees especially loved to follow: to stand on the crossroads and sound a trumpet, to give a signal that the needy should run to them, then…

BACK FROM THE OTHER WORLD

A story about Vasily Lazarev who died, saw Christ and came back to life    Priest George Maximov: Hello! You are watching My Path To God. I’ll tell you right away that the guest of today’s program experienced very dramatic events in his life that led him to God. Non-religious people often say that nobody ever returned…

THE SHIP OF SALVATION

Professor A. I. Osipov on what the Church is, and what it means to be a true Christian Everyone knows the words, “There is no salvation without the Church.” But what do these words mean? Just what is the Church? And who is a true Christian? Well, I go to church regularly, I confess, receive…

WHAT IS HAPPINESS?

Professor Alexei Osipov Whenever we talk about life, the question of happiness is always on our mind. And this question is not just an idea on our mind. This question is essential for our whole life and for the solution of all its problems. What kind of problems? Economic? Yes. Social? No doubt. Philosophical? Of…