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Patriarch Awarded Shoe

Published: June 21, 2012 (Issue # 1713)

MOSCOW TheRussian Orthodox Church reacted strongly after Patriarch Kirill was given theSilver Shoe award, handed out each year for themost dubious achievements inshow business.

Atan elaborate award ceremony, thepatriarch was given theprize forthe immaculate disappearance ofa watch inthe category ofmiracles up tothe elbows, RIA-Novosti reported. Theaward category is areference toa Photoshop flub inwhich anexpensive watch was digitally removed fromthe patriarchs arm but its reflection remained, exposing thealteration attempt.

Thepresenters also used thename used bythe religious leader before he became patriarch Vladimir Gundyayev.

If people want tomake fun ofthe church andits leader, thequestion arises: How do they relate tothe life ofthe church, anddo they realize that their jokes onthe leader offend anenormous amount oftheir countrymen, parishioners ofthe Russian Orthodox Church? thechurchs spokesman Alexander Volkov said Wednesday, RIA-Novosti reported.

Volkov saw traces ofan anti-church campaign inthe ceremony, saying that inthe wake ofanti-church events inthe past few months, it can be seen as anevent planned byactive opponents ofthe church andits leadership.

TheSilver Shoe award, created byradio station Silver Rain, was given out forthe 16th time bysocialite andopposition figure host Ksenia Sobchak, who came onstage inthe costume ofa centaur, complete with theback end ofa horse attached.

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