Catholic Film About Russia's Christian Renaissance

a fascinating look into a country that is both eagerly returning to Christianity and still grappling with an atheist past

This article from our archives was first published on RI in October 2017

On the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Catholic News Service released a 30-minute film, FACES AMONG ICONS: Orthodox Believers in Contemporary Russia. 

Through interviews with the Roman Catholic archbishop of Moscow, a top official of the Russia Orthodox Church, and Orthodox monks, deacons, authors, professors and laypeople—including a Russian rock singer—the film pays tribute to Russians who kept the Christian faith alive through bloody persecution and now are trying to chart a course for the future.

As Eugene Vodolazkin, one of the film’s prominent subjects says, “Russia and the West are children of one culture with Christianity at its foundation.” .

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