With new patriarch, Bulgarian Orthodox Church turns toward Moscow

By David I. Klein — July 5, 2024
ISTANBUL (RNS) — Many who opposed Daniil, the new Patriarch of All Bulgaria, worry that his election represents a sharp turn away from the policies of his predecessor, Neophyte I, who is remembered as a unifier.
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Armed militants in Dagestan kill priest and police in attacks on churches, synagogue and police post

By Associated Press — June 23, 2024
MOSCOW (AP) — The gunmen opened fire on two Orthodox churches, a synagogue and a police post in two cities, according to the authorities.

A trans hermit reminds us that the church once saw sex difference as a matter of degree

By Jacqueline Murray — June 13, 2024
(RNS) — How did a church that once recognized gender fluidity become so obdurate in imposing binary sex difference?

Latin Patriarch Pizzaballa’s visit provides Palestinians a basic human need: Hope

By Daoud Kuttab — May 20, 2024
(RNS) — The visit is a reminder that the Gaza war is not a religious one and certainly not a Jewish-Muslim conflict.

The meaning of an Orthodox Christian deaconess’s ordination may depend on where you live

By Katherine Kelaidis — May 17, 2024
(RNS) — In Africa, an attempt to distance a decision about mission from the East-West culture war.

After Hagia Sophia, Turkey converts a second ancient Byzantine church into a mosque

By David I. Klein — May 10, 2024
ISTANBUL (RNS) — Muslim worshippers at the mosque on Friday said they viewed Chora Church's rededication as an Islamic site to be a national win for Turkey.

Can Donald Trump swear on the Bible to tell the truth?

By Jim Wallis — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — The former president is selling 'God Bless the USA' Bibles. What will happen if he has to swear on Scripture in court during one of his many trials?

Ukraine marks its third Easter at war as it comes under fire from Russian drones and troops

By Elise Morton and Susie Blann — May 6, 2024
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — In his Easter address, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Ukrainians to be “united in one common prayer.”

Eastern Orthodox Church ordains Zimbabwean woman as its first deaconess

By Fiona André — May 3, 2024
(RNS) — For years, the Patriarchate of Alexandria and Africa has intensified its efforts to establish the female diaconate.

Damaged in war, a vibrant church in Ukraine rises as a symbol of the country’s faith and culture

By Jill Lawless — May 3, 2024
LYPIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — It’s one of 129 war-damaged Ukrainian religious sites recorded by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural organization.

Renewed hopes for ecumenical date for Easter could spell end to longest-running culture war

By Katherine Kelaidis — May 2, 2024
(RNS) — The ordering of time became a fight about the ecclesiastical implications of scientific discovery and societal change.

A Russian Orthodox priest who took part in services for Navalny is suspended by the patriarch

By The Associated Press — April 24, 2024
(AP) – Dmitry Safronov held a memorial service by Navalny’s grave in Moscow on March 26 to mark 40 days since the politician’s death, an important ritual within Russian Orthodox tradition.

Five years after challenging miracle of Holy Fire, Greek journalist is acquitted

By David I. Klein — March 29, 2024
(RNS) — In both a book and in videos, Alikakos recorded testimony that the priests themselves lit the flames. The Jerusalem Patriarch said he was tarnishing the authority of his priests.
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