Russian claims of political territorial Oversight of Ukrainian state drastically challenged.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church breaks away from Russian influence

ISTANBUL (AP) — An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686.

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed the “Tomos” in Istanbul in front of clerics and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, forming the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

It forces Ukrainian clerics to pick sides between the Moscow-backed Ukrainian churches and the new church as fighting persists in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russia-backed rebels.

“The pious Ukrainian people have awaited this blessed day for seven entire centuries,” Bartholomew I said in his address.

The patriarch, considered “first among equals” in Orthodox Christianity, said Ukrainians could now enjoy “the sacred gift of emancipation, independence and self-governance, becoming free from every external reliance and intervention.”

Poroshenko thanked Bartholomew I “for the courage to make this historic decision” and said that “among the 15 stars of the Orthodox churches of the world a Ukrainian star has appeared,” referring to the updated number of churches that don’t answer to an external authority.

Last month, Ukrainian Orthodox leaders approved the creation of a new, unified church split from the Moscow Patriarchate and elected 39-year-old Metropolitan Epiphanius I to lead it.

Bartholomew I’s decision in October to grant the Ukrainian church “autocephaly,” or independence, infuriated Moscow and the Russian church severed ties with Istanbul, the center of the Orthodox world.

Criticism continued Saturday when a spokesman for the Russia-affiliated church in Ukraine, Vasily Anisimov, said, “We consider these actions to be anti-canonical … This action will not bring anything to Ukraine except trouble, separation and sin,” according to Russian state news agency RIA-Novosti.

Kiev has been pushing for a church free from Moscow’s influence, which intensified after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and amid the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Poroshenko, president since 2014, has pushed for the creation of the church as he campaigns for a March 31 election. Though the church is not formally part of the state, it is closely tied. Recent opinion polls suggest he is in second or third place in the race.

Poroshenko met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before the ceremony.


Associated Press writers Yuras Karmanau in Minsk, Belarus, and Jim Heintz in Moscow, contributed to this report.

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Millennials Using Nude Photos as Collateral on Loan Payments

Millennials Using Nude Photos as Collateral on Loan Payments

China has found a way to revolutionize the way young people do business. Through a system known as a microloan, young millennials in China have the ability to take out loans for anything they can’t pay for in cash.

This includes everything from cookies to jacuzzi’s and the monthly repayment installments can be as low as 40 cents (depending on what was purchased).

Never mind the fact that it may take 60 years to pay most of the loans off, and never mind the fact that the interest is outlandish and that the loan companies require nude photos as collateral. Wait…what? That’s right!

According to China Youth Daily, some lenders are taking full advantage of the desperation of young shoppers by demanding naked selfies that will be sent to the borrowers family and friends if they default on the loan. Yikes!

It’s a new day!

Social media has elevated this “naked loan service” to astronomical levels by making the loan service easily and readily available to any young person (18-years or older) who can’t get a credit card and who is deficient in the cash department.

You got that right… if customers take a photo of themselves naked while holding up their identification, they will guarantee their loan…even if it’s for just enough money to buy a burger.

Most of the young people who have defaulted on their loans found that they had to record themselves in sexual acts to get the favor of extending their loan. This problem is so common that the Chinese government had to create a multi-ministry task force to help deal with the predatory lenders.

Will American millennials follow this example?

There was a time when one could easily say that there are certain things that American’s just won’t do for the sake of money. Those days are actually gone. Millennials in America are already wondering how they can get access to this loan service, according to Reuters.

American millennials with bad credit, no jobs, no credit cards, and no hope are finding themselves more desperate than ever, and they are more than willing to take it all off for the sake of securing a small loan.

“What’s the big deal,” said one hopeful 20-something who said he would use the money to invest. “If the money is used for something that can make more money, and you pay it off, you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone ever seeing your naked photos,” he continued. This is the attitude that is growing throughout the nation, which makes it even more difficult for governments to crack down on these types of dodgy lenders.

What can we do to stop this?

Attempting to stop technological mishaps is like attempting to stop progress. Unfortunately, the moment young adults find something that works for them (at least in their mind) they run full force without considering the implications.

Just take a look at how many young adults (as well as a few of the older ones) are dumb enough to place naked photos of themselves on their social media pages. They are doing this for mere “likes” so imagine if they had the opportunity to do it for money!

Keeping an eye on legislation that attempts to ward off these types of threats is one way to assist in the fight to keep it at bay in America. We can also continue to support our young adults by remaining aware of the danger of predatory lending and how it can easily get out of hand.

If we keep a watchful eye, we just may eliminate any opportunity for this to become a reality in America…but then again, for all we know…it’s already here.

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No Comment About Brazilian Anglicans


“Reverend Arthur says the ceremony will be traditional, like the rite that united Prince Harry with the actress Meghan Markle in May of this year, and the cousin of Queen Elizabeth, Lord Ivar Mountbatten with partner James Coyle, in September, who also are Anglicans.”
Cerimônia será tradicional, como o casamento do príncipe Harry, també
(Brazilian Language spoken in Brazil)
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There still exists a powerful relic connected to St. Michael the Archangel. (you may find this a different kind of spirituality)

There still exists a powerful relic connected to St. Michael the Archangel



And it is frequently used during exorcisms.

In the Catholic Church, there is an ancient tradition of veneration by the faithful of objects associated with a particular saint. These objects are called “relics” and fall into three primary categories.

A first-class relic is all or part of the physical remains of a saint. This could be a piece of bone, a vial of blood, a lock of hair, or even a skull or incorrupt body.

A second-class relic is any item that the saint frequently used (clothing, for example).

A third-class relic is any item that touches a first or second-class relic.

Typically these relics are connected to a human saint, but in at least one instance, there still exists a relic that is associated with a celestial being.

According to tradition, St. Michael the Archangel appeared to an Italian bishop in 493 and consecrated a nearby cave. This became known as the Sanctuary of Monte Sant’Angelo sul Gargano, more commonly referred to as Monte Gargano. It is one of the oldest shrines dedicated to St. Michael and was the center of Christian pilgrimages.

St. Michael said to the bishop, “I am the archangel Michael, and I have chosen to dwell in that place on earth and to keep it safe.” When they arrived to consecrate the cave, St. Michael said, “It is not necessary that you dedicate this church that I myself have consecrated with my presence.”

A legend says that one of the stones contains St. Michael’s footprint.

Over a thousand years later St. Michael appeared again at the shrine where he told the bishop, “I am the Archangel St. Michael. Anyone who uses the stones of this grotto will be liberated.” Since then tiny stones from this grotto have been distributed around the world and are known as “St. Michael Relic Stones.” According to exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger, these stones have been used in exorcisms and are known to be effective at expelling the presence of the devil. This is in accord with the traditional practice of exorcists using relics during exorcisms, invoking the intercession of holy saints and angels against the actions of Satan.

These relics still exist today at the Shrine of Monte Gargno and are frequently used by priests and laity as a sacramental that helps deepen a person’s love to God through the intercession of St. Michael the Archangel. A certificate of authenticity accompanies these stones to verify that they were taken from the cave that St. Michael consecrated with his presence.

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Fr. Orthohippo

Fr. Ernesto has begun articles outlining differences between Eastern Christianity and Christianity from the West. The post below comes from his blog, Orthocuban found on my blogroll. It is quite helpful for we of the West to understand how our Eastern Christian brothers and sisters differ from us in emphasis. We are not always right simply because we grew up in the West. Check this out.  Fr.  Orthohippo

Photo is St. John Anglican Church, Macomb Township, Michigan, USA

From theEuropean Institute of Protestant Studiescomes this excellent summary of how the theological and philosophical differences grew between Orthodoxy and the West. Surprisingly, this excellent summary is by a pastor whom I consider to be a radical on many theological issues. But, his writing on this topic is quite good.

But after about 400 AD, you need to remember the four A’s to understand something of how the west (Catholic and…

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Stock Market Crash in India

Congress launches 'hoarding war' against BJP over financial crises, market crash

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Congress on Sunday launched a `hoarding war` blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party government for the ongoing stock market crises in the wake of the IL&FS developments.

More than 250 hoardings came up all over the country’s financial capital, highlighting the bloodbath witnessed in the past few days in the crashing stock markets with Sensex and Nifty indices plunging, which resulted in losses of lakhs of crores of rupees for investors and traders

“There`s a complete chaos in the Indian stock markets… Within barely a fortnight, the Sensex crashed by over 3,000 points and Nifty by 1,600 points. This has resulted in a wipeout of Rs 15 lakh crore of investors` monies,” said Mumbai Congress President Sanjay Nirupam.

Added to this is the depreciation of the Rupee vis-A-vis the USD, now at over Rs 74, the galloping fuel prices, besides other financial misgovernance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s rule that has destroyed lakhs of small investors, he said.

“For this entire financial and economic crises which have resulted in the commoners losing their savings, Modi must apologise to the nation. We have also demanded a White Paper on the IL&FS crises, but the government has not reacted,” Nirupam said.

The hoardings have come up at prominent public places, railway stations, the two national highways slicing through the city, major landmarks, railway stations and other important junctions.

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Sir John Glubb and projected analysis of Empire/superpower years from start to end.

If you want scholarly and insightful analysis of USA history and our current state of changes compared with that of former empires and “super-powers”. then read Sir John Glubb’s analysis.

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