Russian Orthodox Patriarch Accepts Personal Fighter Jet Gift

Because what better reflects Jesus’ love and compassion than a 35-ton supersonic angel of mass death?

fighter-jetPatriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week when he toured a factory in Russia’s far east — an SU-35 single-seat fighter jet…

The patriarch, with whom President Vladimir Putin has fostered increasingly close ties in recent years, addressed the workers on the importance of protecting Russia…. Critics of the Russian church have said it is acting as a de facto government ministry for Putin, including in foreign affairs, and have warned that such political engagements could backfire. [New York Post]

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