A Light Shines in the Darkness

The Light Shines in the Darkness

The exhibition “The Light Shines in the Darkness” is a continuation of the exhibition “Overcoming: The Russian Church and Soviet Power.” The exhibition was organized by PSTGU, and is the result of cooperation with scholars and students from Milan, Kiev, and Kharkov.

The exhibition “The Light Shines in the Darkness,” which was dedicated to the persecution of the Russian Church in Soviet times, was held in Rimini (Italy) from August 18 to 25, with the direct participation of staff and students from St. Tikhon’s University. It was organized within the framework of the European Christian “Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples,” already in its thirty-fourth year.

An entire collective worked on the organization of the exhibition. The president of the forum Mrs. Emilia Gualtieri took an active part in the organization. She showed a keen interest in the proposed theme of the exhibition and expressed the hope that the project would interest guests of the “Meeting in Rimini.”

The St. Tikhon’s University delegation consisted of thirty-three people: twenty-five students and eight members of the organizing committee. There was approximately the same number of Italian students. The group was led by an active participant in the PSTGU project of publishing the works of St. Ambrose of Milan in Russian, Fr. Francesco Braschi.

Only when the idea of holding the exhibition in Italy arose did A. S. Filonenko, associate professor of V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and frequent lecturer on theology and philosophy in Moscow, begin to take part. A group of Orthodox students from Kiev and Kharkiv worked with him on the exhibition. The amazing artist Alexey Chekal, a designer from Kharkiv, also worked on the exhibition in cooperation with Lydia Alexeevna Golovka, bringing fruitful results.

The organizers managed to rouse great interest in the theme of the exhibition, as evidenced by the following figures. Around 15,000 people visited the exhibition in one week, with an average of 2,000 people per day. The excursions were led by two teams of students from morning till late evening. Thus, there were several dozen excursions per day, each with up to forty people. The students and teachers worked practically without break.