Raphael of Optina

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Our father among the saints, the New Hiero-Confessor Raphael of Optina (1891-6 June, 1957) was a Russian monk and confessor. He suffered three terms of unjust imprisonment under Communist rule, total of 20 years. He was spiritual son of the last of the Optina Elders, such as St. Nektary. He was formally canonized in 2006 and is commemorated on June 6.

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