Christians must pray to remain close to the Lord and ask for the grace to understand what it means to establish familiarity with him.
Catholic social teaching has clear messages of caring for strangers, the importance of hearing their stories and understanding their needs.
A recent study found that 85 percent of Russians believe "a strong Russia is necessary to balance the influence of the West."
"Formed in the school of the Gospel, he saw even his enemies as fellow human beings. He did not hate, but loved. He did not destroy, but built up."
In Russia, even government officials are now embracing Orthodoxy in public, and Russian culture and art are being transformed with new Christian influences.
More than 600 attended the day-long event designed to support catechists in their efforts to teach the faith.
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St. Agnes Cathedral music director relieved of all duties during investigation
Bishop Barres offers keynote meditation at service.