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Moscow, 22 August (ENI) -- Ten years after the coup attempt that triggered the end of Soviet communism, Russia's president has said that his country needs to seek its inspiration from its Christian roots.

"Without Christianity, without the Orthodox faith and culture which sprang from it, Russia would have hardly existed as a state," said President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the Solovetsky monastery, on the Solovki Islands, part of Russia's northern White Sea archipelago.

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The Parish of Trinity Church Wall Street is embarking on a major new mission initiative, a "Spiritual Formation Summit", in which lay and ordained leaders of the Episcopal Church will be introduced to the latest and the best methods of empowering the spiritual development of individuals and congregations.

The summit will be held next April 22 to 26 at Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC. It will feature keynote speakers including Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Dean

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100 years after Tolstoy's excommunication, the Church has no wish to re-examine the novelist's views, reports Andrei Zolotov of Ecumenical News International from Moscow.

A hundred years after it excommunicated Leo Tolstoy, the Russian Orthodox Church has ignored a plea by his great-great-grandson, Vladimir Tolstoy, to reconsider the writings and reflections of the famous novelist.

Vladimir Tolstoy, director of Leo Tolstoy's Yasnaya Polyana estate museum, told ENI this week

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Pope John Paul II is to decide whether to canonize a 6th century intellectual, regarded as a person ahead of his time, report Luigi Sandri and Edmund Doogue of Ecumenical News International.

The Vatican is getting closer to naming St. Isidore of Seville as the patron saint of the Internet. The decision is being discussed as the Roman Catholic Church prepares a document on "ethics and the Internet".

The final decision on the patron saint will be made by Pope John Paul II, though

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Russian intellectuals are trying to revive an ideology that has fallen out of fashion, reports Ecumenical News International from Moscow.

A group of scientists and human rights activists has established the Moscow Society of Atheists in order to revive an ideology that has gone out of fashion here during a decade of post-communist life.

The society has been set up to defend Russia against what its members see as the threat of clericalism as religion, particularly as the

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It has not been our way to exclude those with whom we disagree, but for debate to be constructive there must be a basic trust and respect for one another, writes Canon Andrew Deuchar.

Celebrating the Anglican way

"The Anglican way should never be described merely in static terms. At its best it is like a growing plant, constantly pushing out new shoots in a variety of directions, but always relating back to the roots from which it springs."

Those words

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Getting irritable because you don't understand the Book of Revelation is "exactly missing the point", because it's meant to challenge our way of perceiving. Paul Ashdown reports for the Episcopal News Service.

The Book of Revelation has befuddled Christians for centuries because its vivid language and symbolic richness is intentionally disorienting, the 132nd bishop of London told some 140 participants at the annual Bowen Conference at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina.

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Hispanic Ministry in the Episcopal Church has not grown at the same rate as the population in the United States, says a group of concerned bishops. Their report, A Wake Up Call: Hispanic Ministry, Atlanta, April 16, 2001, Easter Monday, is here excerpted.

We, a group of bishops committed to the mission of the Church especially among Hispanic peoples in the USA, meeting in Atlanta on the day after the Easter Sunday, 2001, feel compelled to make the following declaration:

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