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Peace, Forgiveness and Reconciliation cycle

Watch the trailer to the hot docu-drama “Cross or Sword?”, 2017

On February 2nd, 2015 the film “Stalingrad Madonna” opened the European Week of Ecumenical Unity at the Info Center of the European Union. This stimulated the development of the cycle on Peace, Forgivenenss and Reconciliation.
Any war as a murder is violation of Christian faith and its commandments. Wars can be stopped only when this understanding comes to all. A unique experience of reconciliation was born in the XX century. In 1946 a pilgrimage to the ancient church of Vezelay took place. Every European nation representative brought its cross to the ancient Christian church of Vezelay as a symbol of repentance for the past World War. Unique video archive is used in the “Cross or Sword” docu-drama, second of the cycle on Peace and Reconciliation….

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Russian web-platform joins CRTN program bank

CRTN: A new way to look at Christian unity through shows
Catholics and Orthodox may not have the same Pope, but they can still enjoy the same Christian TV shows.

Catholic Radio and Television Network provides an on-line platform where producers can find and use Christian content in Spanish, English (www.crtn.org) and Russian via Blagovest Media (www.blagovestmedia.tv).

NICK GORYACHKIN, Blagovest Media Director

“We are the model for dialogue between two Church sisters. What John Paul II said, we’re two Church sisters, we have to be above the contradictions.”

So with a network of producers from all over the world, CRTN says one of its main goals is giving and publicizing high Christian quality content across the board.


Production News

Passion of Christ (A Day with an Icon cycle)
Passion of Christ 14 segments represent visual images of Rosary and is an excellent resource for praying Sorrowful Mysteries. Above all, it is a video pilgrimage along Via Dolorosa and Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem, on the place of Gospel events.

An amazingly innovative production is the cycle “A Day with an Icon” voiced into English by native English speaking priest. The spots can be used as fillers and also as Internet spots including VOD; cell phones and IP telephones and screens in the cathedrals, churches and parishes. These unique premiere series of 60-second spots spring from the rich Russian Orthodox tradition, while transcending Christian denominational boundaries, speak directly to the heart – at times of rejoicing and times of need.

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“From Francis to Francis”

Just awarded at the 32nd International Catholic Film Festival, Poland, in the “History Film” category. The documentary explores spiritual tradition of Franciscans in the Western and the Eastern Church and why the Jesuit Cardinal Bergoglio chose the name of St. Francis. Filmed in Assisi (Italy), Argentina and Russia, it shows the heritage of spiritual tradition of St. Francis of Assisi and its continuation in the work of the present Pope.



Pope Benedict XVI received Nick Goryachkin

Blessing from the Holy See

In April 2007 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI received Nick Goryachkin, the director of the Blagovest Media International Foundation, in his residence at Castel Gandolfo and blessed the foundation’s activity, targeted at assisting the dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, propagating common Christian values and developing a Christian mass-media network.

Blagovest-Media produces documentaries on the history and modern problems of the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Churches, covering various aspects of missionary and social outreach, and focusing on the inter-denominational relations between sister Churches. Films of Blagovest-Media are broadcast in more than 20 countries of the world, at many international forums and festivals.

Pope Benedict XVI received Nick Goryachkin

The Pope Benedict XVI’s address to Russia

…Russia is truly great, in a variety of different ways — in her sheer geographical scale, in her long history, in her magnificent spirituality, in her multiplicity of artistic expression. During the past century the horizon of your noble land… was obscured by … suffering and violence, shadows that were … overcome by the splendid light of so many martyrs — Orthodox, Catholics and other believers, who perished under the oppression of ferocious persecutions. The love of Christ even unto martyrdom, … reminds us of the urgent need to restore unity among Christians, a duty to which the Catholic Church feels herself to be irrevocably committed. Both the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church are moving in this direction.