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Marc Bennetts

Marc Bennetts is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Marc Bennetts

Russian Orthodox Church considers a ban on blessing weapons of mass destruction

By Marc Bennetts — July 9, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — The ban would constitute a signal change in the church's official policy regarding Russia’s nuclear arsenal.

Russian Orthodox Church drops plan to build a new St. Catherine’s Cathedral

By Marc Bennetts — May 24, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — Protesters caused Russian church officials to cancel plans for a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg, the country’s fourth-largest city. Protesters were angered that the cathedral was going to be built on a rare piece of green space.

Mammoth statue of Jesus planned for Russian site once set aside for Lenin

By Marc Bennetts — March 13, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — The statue, which has not yet been approved by the Russian Orthodox Church, is to be 125 feet high – the same height as the Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro.

Six-year prison sentence for Jehovah’s Witness in Russia sparks outcry

By Marc Bennetts — February 8, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — Dennis Christensen, a 46-year-old carpenter who has lived in Russia for more than two decades, was sentenced on Wednesday.

Putin disavows crackdown on Jehovah’s Witnesses, giving hope to detained

By Marc Bennetts — January 9, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — After the arrests of dozens of members of the group, the Russian president's comments seem to challenge a 2017 ruling by the country's Supreme Court marking the church as a terrorist organization.
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