A bizarre legal battle is playing out in Romania right now, as the Romanian Orthodox Church is fighting for the right to use the name and image of Elder Arsenie (Boca), a faithful son of the Church, against a private individual who owns the right to use the elder’s name and image that were trademarked with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
About 40 people from New Zealand and Australia, a pilgrim from Singapore, and a group of priests from the U.S. have arrived on pilgrimage to Ekaterinburg, and others from Great Britain will arrive on Sunday.
The head of the Russian Imperial House of Romanov, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna will take part in the “Royal Days” events in Ekaterinburg for the centenary celebrations of the July 17, 1918 murder of Tsar Nicholas II and his family and faithful servants.
The Church representative stressed that the Church’s decision on the remains will not happen before the completion of all the examinations—genetic, historical, anthropological, and forensic. There are 34 examinations altogether.
The opening of the monument was timed to coincide with the opening of the “Romanov’s Cross” exhibition dedicated to the last days of the life of Nicholas II and the Royal Family, as well as to their familial relations with the Windsor Dynasty and their mutual visits.
The same God who worked in such outrageous ways through St. John and his parents continues to operate in our lives, our church, and our world. And He calls each of us to do what Zacharias originally failed to do: to believe and obey that salvation and blessing really are for us, that we have a unique role to play in how the Lord redeems and heals His good creation, here and now, today, in our generation.