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Russia Ukraine War: who are the Orthodox Christians? For whom Putin stopped the war… Why is it different from Catholic?



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The Orthodox Church in Russia has had a huge influence from power to common life.
He has about 100 million followers inside and outside Russia.
The Great Schism split the Catholic and Orthodox churches into two parts in the year 1054.

Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin stopped the war with Ukraine for the past 11 months for two days at the call of Orthodox Patriarch Cyril (Orthodox Patriarch Cyril of Moscow). Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered a 36-hour Orthodox Christmas ceasefire in Ukraine, the first major ceasefire in the war in more than 10 months, according to a report by the state news agency. Russian Tass. This step was taken because Orthodox Christians, unlike Catholic Christians, celebrate their Christmas on January 7 every year according to the Julian calendar. Let us tell you that the Orthodox Church still uses the Julian calendar to celebrate Christmas Day, not the Gregorian calendar.

Why was the war stopped at the request of the Orthodox Church?
In Russia, the Orthodox Church had a huge influence from power to common life. The Russian Orthodox or Orthodox Church is considered the largest of the Eastern Orthodox communities. He has about 100 million followers inside and outside Russia. At the same time, the President of Russia himself is considered a convinced conservative leader. The recent laws passed on LGBT reflect well the impression of the Orthodox Church on their lives. In such a situation, he announced a two-day ceasefire (ceasefire in the Ukraine Russia war), respecting the call of the Orthodox religious leader Patriarch Cyril. However, Ukraine refused to accept this appeal, calling the Russian Orthodox Church a war propagandist.

what is the orthodox church
The Eastern Orthodox Church, also known as the Orthodox Church, is the second largest Christian church, which describes itself as the Church founded by Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy believes that Christianity and the Church are inseparable and no one can be considered a Christian without knowing Christ and participating in the Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church today claims to be the continuation and preservation of the same early Church as recorded in the Christian scriptures. Those who believe in the Orthodox Church follow Orthodox practices.

difference between orthodox and catholic
The Great Schism split the Catholic and Orthodox Churches in two in 1054, and the split still exists almost a thousand years later. On July 16, 1054, Michael Cerularius, Patriarch of Constantinople, was excommunicated from the Christian Church in Rome, Italy. Cerularius’ excommunication was a major factor in the long-running tension between the Roman Church in Rome and the Byzantine Church in Constantinople. The resulting schism split the European Christian Church into two main branches, the Western Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. This split is known as the Great Schism of 1054 or sometimes the “East-West Schism” or the “Schism of 1054”.

The Great Schism resulted from a complex mix of religious disagreements and political conflicts. One of the many theological disagreements between the Western (Roman) and Eastern (Byzantine) branches of the Church was whether or not it was acceptable to use unleavened bread for the Sacrament of Communion. The West supported this practice, while the East did not. These religious disagreements were aggravated by a variety of political disputes, particularly over the power of Rome.
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There are also other major reasons for the split in the practices of the two churches, some of which distinguish them from each other. It’s like that.

The biggest dispute between Catholics and Orthodox concerns the head of the Church. Orthodox Christians regard Jesus Christ as the head of the Church, while the Roman Catholic Church is led by the Pope, who uses the title “Lord of Christ”.

In the Roman Catholic Church, priests and bishops must observe celibacy before and after ordination, while in the Orthodox Church, clergy are permitted to marry. However, Orthodox priests are not allowed to remarry if their wife dies.

Traditionally, Orthodox clergy wear beards because, according to Leviticus, 21:5, clergy should not shave their heads or beards or cut their hair. However, Catholic priests do not shave, as the custom of shaving the head still survives in Rome, the papal seat.

In 1570, Pope Pius V defined that the faithful of the Catholic Church should make the sign of the cross from head to chest and from left shoulder to right. Russian Orthodox Christians, on the other hand, make the sign of the cross with three fingers (thumb, index and middle finger), which is a symbol of the Holy Trinity. Also, the Orthodox sign of the cross is performed from the right shoulder to the left.

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