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Gorbachev's visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi rekindles questions about Gorbachev's faith, but he denies rumors of conversion to Catholicsm
MOSCOW - Even before the Soviet Union's collapse 1991, questions swirled about just how much of an unbeliever was its last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Soviet leaders were supposed to be atheists ruling over a godless society, but Gorbachev used perestroika to loosen restrictions on religious worship. A year before the Communist state's dissolution, Gorbachev told a party congress: "Spiritual rebirth is as essential to society as oxygen."
Gorbachev's visit to the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy this month has rekindled questions about Gorbachev's faith. Was he denouncing atheism and affirming his faith in God? Was he a closet believer even during Soviet times?...
Please don't write the word "faith" in the same sentence as "visit to the tomb of 'St.' anybody. Come on now, we just went through this: True Christians are followers of our Lord Jesus Christ alone; saved by His finished work at Calvary, our Saviour risen on the 3rd day just as He said He would. He is the door; anyone who enters in any other way (false religion like RCC, EAstern Orthodox, Islam, JW, Mormon, etc etc) is a thief and a robber. PLEASE STOP associating true faith with the false cult of Romanism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gorbachev is probably a little bit of everything, but not a believer yet. No true believer will look for dead people to intervene for them; Remember our Redeemer lives!!An empty tomb was left behind and that would be the only tomb of the One Mediator, Jesus Christ.