March 01, 2003

A Fierce War: Being Catholic in Russia



There may be as many as 200,000 Catholic believers among Russia’s population of 145 million. As the Russian Orthodox Church has sought in recent years to reassert its primacy as the “one, true church” within Russia, Catholic believers have come under increased pressure. Patriarch Alexii II last year cast the situation in rather grim terms:
“A fierce war for minds and souls is going on. The future of our state depends on who wins this war.” On the occasion of Easter, the holiest of Christian holidays, Russian Life
asked noted Russian journalist and author Ilya Stogoff, a practicing Catholic, to offer some thoughts on Catholicism in Russia today.

 

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