Where we lived was zoned by race. It was against the law for non-whites to live in a white neighborhood. We lived in a largely Afrikaans-speaking neighborhood; people were mostly of Dutch Reformed religious identity. I was really something kind of exotic there. They weren’t quite sure what to make of me.
Mother Maria Skobtsova, Martyr of Sobornost On the 31st of March, we celebrate the dies natalis of Mother Maria (Skobtsova), a beloved martyr and witness to Christ among the Russian émigré population in France.
“The Mission of the Orthodox Church in Today’s World” offers a powerful and timely statement on war, peace, and justice. Peacemaking, as Christ tells us in the Beatitudes, is a fundamental Christian vocation.
It is urgent for Orthodox Christians to recognize the terrible truth of March 10, 1946. On March 10, 1946, at Lviv, the Orthodox Church of Russia, under pressure from the Soviet government, forcefully integrated the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and claimed jurisdiction over it.