Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Archfather's Ash Wednesday Statement Speaks of Peace, Reconciliation, Brotherhood

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 02 March 2022 (NRom)

The following statement was made by H.H.E. the Archfather on Ash Wednesday today. 


Carissimi, Christian people around the world, today We wish you a blessed start to the Lenten season. As the world is thrown into the darkness through man’s inhumanity to man, We pray for peace. Although there is one particular conflict that has captured to the world’s attention more than others, there are many places in the world where people are suffering and in danger from warfare.

We urge people to listen to one another and not spread hate, but instead to seek understanding and reconciliation. We urge people to think before they speak and act rather spreading discord, discrimination, harassment, suppression, and oppression. Let us not have brother killing brother. Let us promote love in the example of Christ, even love for our enemies. Let us treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated and consider that people in other countries and all around the world to be the same as us.

Keep these things in your minds and hearts as we move through the Lenten season towards the joy of Easter and the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord.

Monday, February 28, 2022

Anglican Patriarchate, Successor to Rome, also Apostolic Descendant of Russian Orthodox

His Holiness Patriarch
Nikon of Moscow
By Jean DuBois

FIRENZE-NUOVA ROMA 28 February 2022 (NRom)

The Anglican Patriarchate of Rome unites the West and East through its heritage. As a major part of that, the patriarchate is actually an Apostolic descendant of the Russian Orthodox Church. This important element of the Apostolic Succession of the Anglican Patriarchate of Rome not only provides a concrete ecclesiastical link between Western Rome and that great successor to the Eastern Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, but also demonstrates the universality of the Apostolic, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian Faith.

The Anglican Patriarchate of Rome, as the Apostolic See and temporal successor to the Pontifical States (State Pontificio), is the modern ecclesiastical successor to the Roman Empire. Yet its Apostolic Succession (direct lineage from the Apostles) is not only Roman, but from the Eastern church, including Greek/Byzantine, Syrian/Chealdean (in modern day Syria and Iraq), and Antioch. One of the most important lines of Eastern Apostolic succession is from Nikon, Patriarchate of Moscow and All Rus, head of the Russian Orthodox Church who served from 1652 to 1666. This has particular importance since the Russian Empire was considered a “New Rome” and successor to the Eastern Roman Empire. In fact, the church came to Kievan Rus (the precursor to the Russian Empire, centred in modern-day Ukraine) via the Greek territories in the mission work of Saint Andrew the Apostle. Later, as the Russian Empire developed from a collection of principalities and states, the centre of the church transferred from Kiev to Moscow.

Metropolitan Makariy
of Moscow, in the
Apostolic Succession of
the Patriarchate. Last
Metropolitan of 
Moscow in the Russian
Empire before the
Bolshevik Revolution. 
Patriarch Nikon was of particular importance in the history of the Eastern Church and the Russian Empire. He was very close to the Tsar, Aleksey Mikhaylovich. With the support of the Tsar and in consultation with the Greek Orthodox leadership and scholars, he undertook reforms of the Russian liturgy, leaving his mark on the faith through the present day. Despite the conflict with the Western Church, he took a much more canonical and conciliatory stance. In opposition to some in church leadership, this included making it clear that Latin Rite Christians who converted to Russian orthodoxy did not need to be baptized again. Also, while the Tsar was away from Moscow military campaign, Patriarch Nikon was left in charge of the state at home.

Indeed, this important and concrete ecclesiastical link between Western Rome and the Russian Empire as a successor to the Eastern Roman Empire, the Russian Empire, should serve as a reminder that Christ unites us all. Ut unum sint - may we all be one.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Mass for the Russo-Ukrainian War

 By Jean Du Bois


Today His Holiness the Papa-Prince celebrated a mass for peace and reconciliation in the Ukraine, for the repose of the souls of all war dead,  and the protection of the marginalised and the vulnerable.