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if it gets where team. they're going to move getting was a senior in his military trio. he knew that if he didn't smother that grenade with his body more if just comrades would die he gave his own life to save his friend. the windswept journey to follow can be an act of penance sin itself. doesn't know for excitement or adventure yet many come here for months at a time some never leave it till they say that the same system.
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this is one of the holiest sites of the russian orthodox church home to a thriving ministry the lay community that would sweep it and groups of volunteers that come and go throughout the year for the face full this is a journey for the soul a pilgrimage. this is the place that has been consecrated to god for almost a thousand of years. people came here twenty some years ago and some stablished the mastic life on this island. in that believing that. christ is the only source of true joy and. happiness and life. that
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understanding penetrated into everything that surrounds us in a monastery and people i suppose feel that fuel the love of christ working. that goals will divide into groups now so we need about. how many people do you need seven seven people who really choose one two three four five. six seven seven people good the rest will split into two one hopeful go to the farm the other to the op a girl who has already been to the upper garden you know that we're. going to go to the upper garden i'm allergic to any can go to the farm and me we'll go to the farm cows. what comes of along with
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a group of volunteers men and women of all ages who are here to give something back to god and in this case it means hard work this is the middle of the busy tourist season and there's plenty to do down on the farm. i mean coming into the chicken coop like into the lion's den. thank you so much i. like your careful careful household she doesn't know you jeff but i this came on the you're not on your hand she'll sit on your hand. of state it's a bit stressful for them. to show on the neck like this ok so it would. finally be like having their wattles straight this one's gone. far away from there try this . so. what's that like this and the one line the
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sanctified on vellum and they're very current c.e.o. guy and they are you know that would be good we. could go through. a long special eggs. see what the fuss is all about. almost one to three. whether it's the saintly atmosphere or something in their feed that's certainly fantastic layers two gigantic seconds here it's. ok very much one and. that's if one two three or four to. one set. only another seven hundred seventy five to go. the volunteers come from a huge variety of different backgrounds svetlana is
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a model for moscow but she's not afraid of getting a hamster well it's probably not normal that a girl like me came here instead of going to turkey or enjoying summer in a beach town where but here i am living with mom's and waiting someone else's garden there is the bit there are other people that look at themselves and life in a completely different way and they're not held back really where all here. little answer for me is a place of strong spiritual power i've wanted to come here for a long time now there is a possibility i can become a volunteer. here to work for the glory of god and how priests or this place. there are common threads that bind many of the people here together and the group also becomes like a surrogate family. mostly these out worth of people who came here to find. brotherhood but of course there is some percentage that come here looking
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for their way in life. than by taking them for a walk in the woods. try to know what they were accounts for help them find the answer. many people simply come for the island's outstanding natural beauty. edged by rugged shorelines and covered with lush greenery this is truly a tranquil getaway but there are some visitors to the long term who have no families to return to his trip to the island is a welcome break from a difficult life. leaker's ill as new york runs a camp for children from local orphanages who also have learning difficulties for many it's the first time they've spent nights away from the city. because it the first time we came here with disabled children for many years before we used to take the kids on trips which did that because we understood that nature does
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children a world of good and that you were decided to try working with children with the help of well armed snake in this place turned out to be totally unique and it's not just the nature here that works. here you should bear in mind that these children are from a correctional orphanage they are believed to be unable to go to an ordinary school because of some mental disability and in fact this isn't true they are not mentally retarded whatsoever. that these are the first kids that just sit on the shore of lot agoglia and watch the storms the splashing water and they say thank you for choosing that your beautiful place. it was simply amazing. that they feel it that they can feel the beauty. apparently they don't have good feelings in their lives. hardly any. fifteen year old
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denise is just one of the youngsters reaping the benefits this is his second time on the island and he says it's changed his life but it's. rocky road that's brought him here. i can't say that i had a good childhood. my dad was an alcoholic my mom was too mom ended up in prison that's how i ended up in an orphanage. everything changes as time goes by. at the moment i have no grudge against anyone my life has become so much better. but i've forgotten my past it's no good remembering it. and he's a humvee meant to have a room when you catch something to. pull it into the sure.
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who. the. ducks. yeah. oh it is. this eerie to see. yes it loves. the model. did you did you. know i was staying in the volunteers dormitory normally men and women are kept segregates it's the old get together is allowed especially for
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a meet and greet session. everyone says where they're from what they've come to the law and then name. then all you've got to do is remember them being here year. you. want to vomit up ok let's have a good. amount of volunteer you know all go. in saying you know. alexander let the message game out here oh girl you know. you're on a case of homicidal. saying. when you said he wouldn't be able to do it you know and sometimes sometimes it works.
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sometimes through the. work of them on the street takes us all around the island along roads that people have travelled here for more than one hundred fifty years. although most of the brothers live in the center of the ministry a small selection choose to isolate themselves from the rest of the community retiring to hermitages where only men are allowed to enter the grounds. the russians call these places. and there are among the holiest centers of. each one is way off the beaten track and for some of the volunteers. the journey to gold has been anything but straightforward to. use to be an atheist and believed in nothing but science logic and facts i was looking for truth everywhere. that people write books about make films about him. only after twenty years of searching did i become an orthodox christian pulled off the printing of the coffin of
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a famous russian st i discovered that many things have changed because first of all the pain in my leg that i'd suffered for ages had disappeared and last but not least i discovered the ability to read in the old church slavonic even though i'd never learned how to do that. those who've been here more than once say you have to put the time and to understand it fully that living and working here is the only way to really tap into his energy the job is to live but none of the volunteers complain everyone is confident of a spiritual rewards and happy that they're working to reestablish a face that was so persecuted during the soviet union. is the only branch that has managed to keep the tradition alive but that's not changed since the time of the apostles maybe that's why it was preserved the bread of life the jesus christ spoke of the living would that's why russia is experiencing a spiritual rise now. the
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ukraine deeply divided give sovereign decision to walk away from an association agreement with brussels has resulted in an explosion of street protests and violence some western pundits have even called for the overthrow of ukraine's current political order you would see those who alternately lost the orange revolution are bent on giving it a second shot. war is probably the most complex and difficult to. fill up. the phenomenon of friendly fire probably extends back to the
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invention of gunpowder. kill a bunch of people and i'm gonna fail on the premise there are of us people. reading. this some shoots my brother in the leg not intentional because of it because it was night times four in the morning even the best given the mesh shoulder which are going to make mistakes does this whole idea of brotherhood an author and camaraderie in this sense it was in this context that has absolutely no place. right on the scene. first strike. and i think that you're.
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on a recorder splitter. instrument. to be in the know. on my. pride and joy is its transfiguration of the savior cathedral and the sound of its bells st tourists pilgrims and volunteers to worship or to work. ok let's work for the glory of god. the skilled workers cuts how much and replace the volunteers keep supplies coming and clean up the mess it's a massive job the cathedral is seventy six meters high and in some areas they're having to remove more than one hundred twenty years of it.
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when i came here last year it was seen approximately the same condition. here it's a long process this is serious work it's very expensive and requires a high degree of professionalism. but i was surprised when they invited volunteers to work here at best their trusted with work like this. but is it enough or do we need more you know what i think it's enough. you'll have to carry it let's go. is a heavy. i'll take it. away to go somewhere and again i am responsible for getting it off the scaffolding as quickly as possible we need to take the direct route.
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the bucket it's probably a transport system but it would. be for forty years it had no proper roof it wasn't looked after properly and still it enjoyed all these conditions means that the cathedral was made really very well it was built with a huge margin for safety. will stand like this for many years to come but now we're trying to save what's been preserved this work should be done and it should be preserved this is truly part of the national heritage. then. there is. one thing. though not only you. who. saw us saw or are going to. need and then when you.
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form. at the. border. or the board. room. leak you're into a team of volunteers want their children to leave alone with a new perspective also the work they do here fosters a spirit of cooperation and they can see the efforts developing before their eyes. so it's so real here it's hard to explain everything is so natural this is the way people should live i guess. you know what to do with book of adults we wanted to show these children that there's a place where they can ask for help in case something really bad happens to them i
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need sippin to stand completely that bad things will happen to them in the future. they're perfectly aware of what life has in store for them when they know that there will be a lot of drug dealers and alcohol and then the stand how hard it is to resist those things so it's very important for them to know that there is a place where they're always welcome that they should know how to find the way to this place. walking around the lawn is like stepping back into a different age and it's easy to see why so many regard it as a sanctuary away from the real world. it seems to have a physical and emotional energy which the monks say is a manifestation of god's grace. it's had such a profound effect on so many that there's even a syndrome named after it. the compulsion true turn to the island again and again
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and it's not just adults who experience it. my mom first brought me here before i started going to scone i liked it very macho and it has become my favorite place now why is it your favorite place i like it because of its weather because of the monastery it feels so good in here they've got a farm it's nice to leave people are very kind they're not you know what you want to do when you grow up to be among your own to be a monk why that's just what's in my heart i can't explain why i feel this way. and him and live here yes i want to live on what he actually wants at this point is not to be a mom but here once he wants a purpose here once something pure something which dignified him. something which speaks of him as a man as
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a human being people became knights and soldiers for the same reason i would certainly encourage him. the use its journey to the brotherhood here was more unusual than most tending university in st petersburg he spent fifteen years living in ministering in the us before retiring to villa he says each monk must end his place in the monastery. special pastor so the monster will decide the whether you're prepared to become a novice and you'll become officially a novice on the part of the brotherhood and spend some time that way and the few years or maybe months later if you still do decide to embrace this kind of wife and people see your. as
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a benefits to the community you'll be time shirts and perhaps when are they and the priests. the monastic community has been rebuilt in the last twenty years period during the soviet union when the area served as a mental asylum now there are around a hundred brothers living here permanently but before the russian revolution of nine hundred seventeen there were more than a thousand some of whom left a legacy down the ages. this quiet scene is called the smolensk skeet and it's famous in particular because of one monk efraim he took it upon himself to pray for the souls of dead soldiers and he took his work so seriously that he dug his own grave and every night he would lie in his own coffin. and ever since then the chapel has been dedicated for the souls of the diet for the faith and for the
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mother. even if the life of extreme self-sacrifice doesn't appeal it is at least possible to follow in the footsteps of some of these old saints and one of the most popular pilgrimages is to the lomas most famous. for this is the cave where saint alexander of spear lived. this is the place where alexander of spirit spent hours praying in solitude here he would make a fire his real stones got warm and gave heat back so he could spend winters here can he lead such a righteous life that he was granted a vision of the holy trinity came to him in the form of three angels. and
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ordered him to go to the river spear and found a monastery there it is still functional. excursions like these opponents of the joy of. this an archipelago of small islands just waiting to be explored and the landscape always provides some great photos. but many of the loam secrets are only revealed in the churches themselves. bell ringing here is a real and the company ologists train for years to master the difficult rhythms they need to control up to a dozen bells at once and make it look effortless. it's part of the lambs proud musical tradition displayed in its full glory during the solemn services.
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gems isn't the best aboard a bus i think we should fill our lives with as many rich and diverse impressions as possible today i'm a developer in two months i'll be working somewhere else in such a way your worldview builds up on different things you can develop yourself and create your personality. the place soon this earth is like a hotel that we're only here temporarily which is well go to hell or to have on god tests us on that if you're a me and phone my laws then you'll go to heaven what if if you don't then you'll go to how the. eat.
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eat. we have to move on in those lies that carry you get some kind of luggage that you will a jury take with hearing to the cd. we have to move on and make plans both families and realizing your family what you've learned here there will. the pull over. but moving back to real life is easy if a some fans or others. children from leakers ofen each camp have reached the end of their stay and it was time to see them off for the talks. but.
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it's clear to leak air that these are the same kids that arrived on the island just a few weeks ago that at least for a while belong this way to its magic and brought a little joy into their lives. to come make this moment any less painful. perhaps the monks of old settled here because they felt there was something otherworldly about. it it was always a place with special energy and the from nature or from something more divine. for the pilgrims and volunteers who journey in one visit is rarely enough and many will return to the. place with the power to heal the spirits.
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you know councils here in the u.k. are calling for tougher laws to police aggressive bankers finally no longer will the banker beggars be shaking us down for yet more and outs and bailouts every time we passed the city no longer listening to them plead for more money printing and free credit facilities we're sick and tired of all the banker beggars harassing us every time we pass one of their toll booth guns like this famous one day i'm jimmy done it oh look i found your banking system that i found trash on the ground before me through dollars it'll give it back give me a trillion i want another trillion more trillions gimme gimme gimme.
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this is the place that has been consecrated to god for almost a thousand of years people came here twenty some years ago or you stablished and i was so quiet on the silence. and people feel the love of christ working. people so you can. come and something happens on this island that makes them return to it again and again they say the below saves them. join me james brown on a journey for the soul. only. quite often countries rich in natural resources are the poorest africa is a colony it's a colony of the big corporations it's a colony of someone's home leaders who are under the thumbs of the big corporations
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so they have to beg from the world bank's development of social programs goes to pay back debts country is drowning under the amount of debt that they did and so every year they would borrow money. and they would use that same amount of money to pay back. money. the wages of dead. languages but all only react to situations i haven't read the reports so i'm not in a position to the know i will leave them to the state department to comment on your latter point i don't want to say. no more weasel words. when you have a direct question be prepared for a change when you throw a punch be ready for a. freedom of speech. down to freedom to cross.
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this is a no resolution protesters in kiev pledged to continue the government to the end despite the opposition losing it no come for the. vast majority of the ukrainians who want to see this future of their country western diplomats way into urging lawmakers to listen to demands for euro integration also. remaining in police. struggle against an american oil company that fracking for shale gas close to their homes. and libya's militias are on the receiving end of public over the government's failure to bring security and stability to the oil rich country.

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