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Vladimir Putin’s ice bath ritual perplexes American journalists

Example of reinforced ignorance about Russian leader’s Christian faith shows how disconnected American press is from reality

by SERAPHIM HANISCH

January 20, 2018, 15:18

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin marked the celebration of Theophany (sometimes called “Epiphany” in the West) in the usual way – by immersing himself in freezing cold water in Lake Seliger at a monastery near Tver, some 200 miles north of Moscow.

January 19th marks the Orthodox Christian celebration of the feast known as “Holy Theophany.” This feast commemorates the Baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. In Russia, Greece and other Orthodox Christian countries, there is a tradition that all the waters of the world are distinctly blessed, made holy, and so many people celebrate this by jumping into bodies of water – rivers, lakes, the ocean; no matter how cold. Picture of cross-shaped holes in thick lake ice, and bare-skinned Russian men and swimsuit-clad women are a yearly distribution because of this feast.

Fox News received and ran the video of President Putin doing this.

But the comment of one of the anchors on the program, “I just did not perceive him having a religious side, until just now…” says a lot about the American view of Putin, aided and abetted by a virtual news blackout regarding Russian life and the Russian leader himself.

The common American narrative about Vladimir Putin comprises terms like “KGB thug”, “Secret Communist”, “Tsar-aspirant” and many other things. But such a narrative is so completely divorced from reality that we as Americans generally do not know about the president’s commitment to the Church to Christ, and that even while far from perfect, just like any one of us, this man has made a real committment.

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Uncle Joe
No, Einstein. It's a flaw in the software.
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Abramo asks: So how about the Communist wife of President Trump?
That is a fair question.

For the sake of discussion, let's say Vlad and Melania are both pinko commies.
The important point is who would look better shirtless on a horse?
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@Uncle Joe : So how about the Communist wife of President Trump?
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Abramo
@rhemes1582 : At this point, Vladimir Putin is the last statesman on this planet and the leader of the free world. It is not surprising that he has stellar approval rates of which the corrupt, pro-gay, gender-neutral bathroom, pro-mass-immigration and anti-family Western puppet politicians can only dream.
rhemes1582
We have a coffee mug in the house with President Putin shirtless riding a bear (photoshopped originally a horse) we like his style but honestly in the Orwellian world we are living in where Catholics often have to look outside the Church for good leadership on Faith, and Morals it is hard to know whats real and whats not.

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mccallansteve
Just last week Putin praised Lenin, a satanic monster, and then likened communism to Christianity. Putin will use his orthodox faith to the benefit of Russia. He is not to be trusted or emulated by Catholics
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Sunamis 46
communism is all over the world spread out-
In some country you see it
In others they do it secretly
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Uncle Joe
The common American narrative about Vladimir Putin comprises terms like “KGB thug”, “Secret Communist”, “Tsar-aspirant”...

Let's add pro-abortion crypto-commie who is enamored with socialism.

Once KGB always KGB.

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