ABC, the Australian Broadcast Corp., reports that the 2016 glossy calendar featuring images of Russian Orthodox priests posing with their cats is a rare occurrence for religious leaders who typically are not photographed in such an informal fashion.
Ksenia Luchenko, who helped create the project say the idea for a calendar was sparked by a book project that captured the priests in their everyday lives.
The quirky calendar is not endorsed by the Russian Orthodox Church. A senior church spokesman said that while the calendar was â€œnot a great sinâ€ he wouldnâ€™t hang one on his wall.
Apparently many people do want the calendar as word about the project spreads around the globe. An initial run is expected to sell out. A fundraiser is also in the works. [More]