Russian New Martyrs and Confessors exhibition opens in Rome

An exhibition detailing the historical path of the Russian Orthodox Church during the times of the atheistic persecutions of Soviets through the prism of the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church has opened in the Lateran Palace in Rome.

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of a truly tragic page in the history of the Russian Orthodox Church: the execution of the Holy Martyr Emperor Nicholas II and his family, as well as the beginning of the persecution of the Russian Church by the Bolsheviks.

During this period of theomachy, the Russian Church shone resplendently with New martyrs and Confessors who testified of Christ, suffering torment and death. This sacrifice cannot be forgotten.

The exposition was prepared by the Patriarchal Cultural Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, under the direction of His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov, with the assistance of the Papal Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.

The multimedia exhibition, “The New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church,” is built according to an historical-chronological principle. Visitors are progressively acquainted with the life of the Russian Church on the eve of the revolution and with the main events of Russian state and Church history during the soviet period, experiencing it alongside the living testimonies of the podvig of the Russian New Martyrs and Confessors.

A separate section of the exhibition is dedicated to the Bolshevik persecution of the Catholic Church, which also had its confessors and martyrs in Russia.

Photographs, reproduced documents, and quotes, characterizing the era of persecution are presented using the latest multimedia technology.

The exhibition previously ran at the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center in Paris from April 18 to May 6.