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Man Alive: Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

The Story

Does suffering lead to salvation? Possibly, says Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Britain's Russian Orthodox Church. "In itself, suffering is not redemptive," he explains. "Suffering is redemptive only if it's connected with love." In this 1973 Man Alive episode, host Roy Bonisteel interviews the religious leader about the link between suffering and redemption in Christianity.

Medium: Television
Program: Man Alive
Broadcast Date: March 5, 1973
Guest: Anthony Bloom
Host: Roy Bonisteel
Duration: 26:44

Did You know?

• The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions defines the title of "metropolitan" as the "Christian bishop of a province, who presides over all the other bishops in the province." 

• Metropolitan Anthony Bloom (also known as Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh) was born Andrei Borisovich Bloom in Switzerland in 1914. He spent most of his childhood in Russia and Persia and received his higher education in Paris, earning a doctorate in medicine from the University of Paris.

• During the Second World War, Bloom was a surgeon in the French Army. He continued to practice medicine after the war until 1948, when he became ordained to the priesthood of the Russian Orthodox Church. He was sent to England to be a chaplain, and soon worked his way up the church hierarchy. By 1966, he had become Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland.

• Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh died in 2003 at the age of 89.




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