"Monasticism is a spiritual root of the Orthodox Church that nourishes the whole body,"
Christianity in Russia
Andrey Antonov, a Russian Orthodox artist and sculptor, combines traditional peasant tools, like nails and sickles, as well as household items into cruciform objects and Christian-themed sculptures. He is pictured in his Moscow studio May 26. (CNS photo/Robert Duncan) Third...
A recent study found that 85 percent of Russians believe "a strong Russia is necessary to balance the influence of the West."
In Russia, even government officials are now embracing Orthodoxy in public, and Russian culture and art are being transformed with new Christian influences.