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Why Pope Francis chose to highlight religious freedom during his visit to Kazakhstan

By J. Eugene Clay — September 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — Christianity is the second-largest religion in Kazakhstan, with 26% of the population practicing the faith. But many Christians, especially in the smaller denominations, have experienced persecution.
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Greek officials, Church, condemn ex-bishop’s remarks on rape

By Associated Press — September 6, 2022
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church and several politicians condemned retired bishop Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodoni for his "inconceivable" comments on rape and abuse victims.

Patriarch Kirill cancels Kazakhstan trip and chance to meet with Pope Francis

By Jack Jenkins — August 24, 2022
(RNS) — For the second time this year, an in-person meeting between the two global religious leaders has fallen apart.

Remembering Kallistos Ware, revered Orthodox Christian theologian

By John Chryssavgis — August 24, 2022
(RNS) — The renowned and popular Orthodox Christian theologian of recent decades died Wednesday (Aug. 24) at 87.

Calling on saints and spiritual guides, activist advocates for Armenia’s vulnerable women

By Priyadarshini Sen — August 23, 2022
(RNS) — The director of the Women’s Resource Center looks to Armenia’s ancient spiritual traditions to stay strong against the rape and death threats she’s received over the years.

Fire at Cairo Coptic church kills 41, including 15 children

By Samy Magdy — August 15, 2022
CAIRO (AP) — Witnesses said there were many children inside the four-story building, which had two day care facilities.

Do the Gospels really worry about supporting the nuclear family?

By John Chryssavgis — August 9, 2022
(RNS) — Why those removed from the world should refrain from declarations on marriage and family.

Priesthood, politics and propaganda: One clergyman’s life in war-torn Ukraine

By Marika Proctor — August 3, 2022
(RNS) — For many Ukrainian Orthodox Christians, and clergy in particular, the question of religious identity in relationship to the Russian Orthodox Church is both personal and political.

Ukrainian church seeks Kirill’s removal over ‘heretical’ defense of Russian invasion

By Marika Proctor — August 1, 2022
(RNS) — While the Orthodox Church of Ukraine’s letter is addressed to the Ecumenical Patriarch, the letter speaks to concerns for the entire global Orthodox Christian community.

Pope to Kazakhstan Sept. 13-15, may meet Russia patriarch

By Nicole Winfield — August 1, 2022
ROME (AP) — Francis and Kirill, who had a first historic encounter in Havana in 2016, have spoken by video call at least once since the war began.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens a cultural heritage the two countries share, including Saint Sophia Cathedral

By J. Eugene Clay — July 28, 2022
(The Conversation) — Saint Sophia Cathedral was built under the reign of Grand Prince Yaroslav, whose father, Volodymyr, converted the region to Christianity.

Uh-oh, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of America is a liberal

By Mark Silk — July 26, 2022
(RNS) — His baptizing of a gay couple’s children is only the most recent case in point.

A tempest over a baptism in Greece raises questions about what we’re trying to protect

By John Chryssavgis — July 25, 2022
(RNS) — Recently, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in America visited Greece and while there baptized two children brought into the world through surrogacy to be raised by a gay couple.
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