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"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

THE ICON: A SEVEN PART DOCUMENTARY (plus) MAY 13TH, FEAST OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA




May I please beg the hospitality of this blog post. Today, May 13th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, a devotion which certainly unites us Western Christians to the Church in Russia , even when these feelings are not always returned, because it is in these apparitions of Our Lady that she foretold the Russian revolution by several months, saying that there would be many martyrs for the Faith. We now know that there were many martyrs, people put to death by the Communists, Orthodox and Catholics, as well as Baptists, who were joined together the "ecumenism of blood". The Latin Church throughout the world responded and, after each Sunday Mass, from soon after 1917 up till the time of Vatican II, we recited "prayers for Russia". Our Lady said that, if we offered prayers and sacrifices for Russia, she would eventually win; and this took place between the feast of the Holy Cross and the Dormition of Our Lady, at the invocation of Our Lady of Kazan in 1991 when Communism fell, but the icon of Our Lady of Kazan had vanished during the Revolution.

 During Soviet times theories abounded that the Bolsheviks had found the icon and sold it abroad and during the 1970s a new contender was found in Fatima, Portugal. Experts tested the icon and found however that it too was a fake copy dating back to 1730. In 1993 the Fatima icon was given to Pope John Paul II who hung it in his study. On the Pope’s initiative this version of Our Lady of Kazan was returned to Kazan in 2005 and is now housed in the Annunciation Cathedral in the Kremlin. The original icon however is still missing without trace.

Here is the account of how an Orthodox iconographer came to paint (write?) an icon of Our Lady of Fatima which is now in the the catholic parish of Saint John the Baptist in Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin - Saint Petersburg):



click on: 

THE ICON OF THE MOTHER OF GOD OF FATIMA

also

(INCLUDING OUR LADY OF KAZAN & OF FATIMA)
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