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St. Ivan the Terrible. (Moscow).

(ENS)--A campaign by an ultra-right-wing group to canonize Czar Ivan the Terrible and the so-called "mad monk," Gregory Rasputin, is threatening to split the Russian Orthodox Church.

"Those demanding the canonization of Ivan the Terrible and Rasputin are a small but very noisy group," said Alexander Dvorkin, a leading expert on sects in the Orthodox church.

However, Moscow Patriarch Alexei said it would be impossible to make saints of 16th-century czar Ivan the Terrible, who ordered the deaths of several clergymen, and Rasputin, whose insidious influence over the family of Czar Nicholas II was a factor in the downfall of the Russian monarchy.
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Title Annotation:controversy in Russian Orthodox Church over canonization of Ivan the Terrible and Gregory Rasputin
Publication:Anglican Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:May 1, 2003
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