Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Communist leader of the Soviet Union, has acknowledged his Christian faith for the first time, paying a surprise visit to pray at the tomb of St Francis of Assisi.
Mr Gorbachev’s surprise visit confirmed decades of rumours that, although he was forced to publicly pronounce himself an atheist, he was in fact a Christian, and casts a meeting with Pope John Paul II in 1989 in a new light.
Mr Gorbachev, 77, was baptised into the Russian Orthodox Church and his parents were Christians.
Ronald Reagan, the former United States president, allegedly told his close aides on a number of occasions that he felt his opponent during the Cold War was a “closet believer”.
As someone who grew up admiringÂ Ronald Reagan’s crusade to end the CommunistÂ “evil empire,” this is completely stunning news to me.Â It appears that one US President truly did look into the soul of his Soviet counterpart and saw something no one else did.
It sure says volumes about the morally bankrupt Communist doctrine that one of its own footsoldiers has turned to the polar opposite answer for his spiritual needs.
Finally, I would note that this story is notably absent from all of the major “mainstream” media news outlets.