We have a dangerous shortfall this month—$12,541 short—a serious deficit. Your support needed NOW!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Russian Orthodox training young 'street ministers' to counter secularism

Catholic World News - August 02, 2010

The Russian Orthodox Church is training 100 young people for “street missionary activity.” The initiative, championed by Patriarch Kirill, is described as an effort to counteract the influence of secular materialism, Western ideology, and “drugs, egotism, and moral relativism” among Russian youth. Skeptical observers see it as part of an overall campaign to boost Patriarch Kirill’s influence in Russian society.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our January expenses ($12,541 to go):
$35,000.00 $22,458.70
36% 64%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Aug. 03, 2010 8:30 AM ET USA

    He isn't a Catholic but I am beginning to like this Patriarch Kirill. I will pray for him and his street preachers to lead people to Christ, although I wish they he and the rest of the Orthodox would renounce their errors and unite with Rome, healing the schism.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Aug. 02, 2010 7:27 PM ET USA

    Skeptical observers see it as part of an overall campaign to boost Patriarch Kirill’s influence in Russian society." If it is influence for the good, may he be many times blessed with success! What good society doesn't want to counter the evils of "drugs, egotism, and moral relativism"? There is a need for this kind of missionary work in all western countries as well.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Salvation? No matter who we are, one price. 19 hours ago
Rich Spiritual Instruction January 27
Snowbound thoughts on natural law January 27
The best argument against the 'celibate gay Catholics' January 26
Church Fathers: St. Polycarp and St. Papias January 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12