New year is not a particularly important festival in England. It is something what we celebrate largely because it happens so soon after Christmas and it can mark a useful end to the Christmas celebrations.
In the wake of numerous Islamist terrorist attacks, a reaction against religion is now discernible in many quarters of society.
As a young child I used to accompany my mother to various Christian services. She had been active in the “Salvation Army” as a young woman and was still a firm believer in God.
In 2012 Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeev stated, “The fact is, the Catholic Church in the West exists today under an information blockade, under a very hard diktat from secular society. In this case we are without questions allies.