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The Russian government has announced it's intention of returning ownership and control of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg to the Russian Orthodox Church.  The Cathedral has served as a "Museum of Atheism and Science" since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, and houses many secular and scientific exhibits.   Religious services have been allowed there in a restricted area of the building since the time of Boris Yeltsin.  However, the prospect that the Orthodox Church will take over the building has caused protest among those who feel that the Church will neglect the non-religious artifacts located there, and that this is a further sign of the rising influence of the Church in the increasingly nationalistic and conservative state.  Pyotr Tolstoy (descendant of author Leo) who is a member of the Duma issued a statement against these protesters which is being interpreted by some as being anti-Semitic, which he denies.

The Cathedral was the scene of the grand state funeral accorded to the remains of the late Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna whose remains were returned to Russia in September 2006 from her native Denmark where she had been buried when she died in exile in 1928.  The Empress was laid to rest next to her husband Emperor Alexander III in the Peter and Paul Fortress Cathedral after her funeral liturgy at St. Isaac's.

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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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