Patriarch Pavle conveyed to us the words of one of the leaders of the schismatics, “Metropolitan” Timothy: “We’d even work with the devil if only not to work with you, Serbs, and your Serbian Church!”
“The Ghetto”—that’s what, with a touch of sad humor, the people of Orahovac in Kosovo and Metohija call their town. Divided into two parts—the Serbian and the Albanian—the town really gives no cause for joy. Nevertheless, the Serbs who live there not only keep calm but also keep hope and faith in Christ, without which, as they say, life is meaningless.
We have talked with Hannu Pöyhönen, a co-founder of the Panagia center and Ph.D in Theology, on the permanent spiritual thirst of people and Christ’s desire to quench it without violating our freedom.
Twenty-five years ago, artist Vladimir Fedukov moved with his family from the city to a rural village in the Russian north. Writer Stepan Ignashev talks with him about Russian realism in both art and life.
This unearthly light can be seen not only on the photographs of churches, but also in the eyes, the smile, the facial expression of a person. In all of this I see God’s Providence. Russia opened my eyes to it through photography.
Studying and upholding the patristic tradition convinces you of the truth of another paradox: It is only by struggling with false, “plastic” happiness that you find true happiness. Indeed, what can make you happier than an earnest, though difficult, struggle with your sins?