Riding a wave of converts, one group aims to fuse Orthodoxy with Southern values

By Meagan Saliashvili — September 19, 2023
TOBACCOVILLE, N.C. (RNS) — At the group’s inaugural event, the majority of attendees appeared to represent the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, though few were ‘cradle’ Orthodox Christians.
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Ukrainian Orthodox churches purge vestiges of Russian influence

By Meagan Saliashvili — August 18, 2023
LVIV, Ukraine (RNS) — For centuries, Orthodox Ukrainians saw the traditional Julian calendar as one of the anchors of their church’s identity. Now many are switching to the Gregorian calendar.

Russian patriarch reminds Africans of advantages in following Kremlin’s lead

By Tom Heneghan — August 2, 2023
(RNS) — Kirill's appearance underlined the importance of the soft-power influence that the Russian Orthodox Church exerts for Moscow in Africa.

Ukraine moves official Christmas Day holiday to Dec. 25, denouncing Russian-imposed traditions

By Felipe Dana and Dasha Litvinova — July 31, 2023
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The explanatory note attached to the law said its goal is to “abandon the Russian heritage,” including that of “imposing the celebration of Christmas” on Jan. 7

77 faith groups get total of $92 million for innovative faith programs for children

By Adelle M. Banks — July 18, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Whether it's fragmentation, technological advances or spirituality, we need to refresh the traditional approaches to our faith,’ said one grant recipient.

Russian lawmakers move to further restrict transgender rights in new legislation

By Dasha Litvinova — July 14, 2023
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — There is little doubt that the bill, a crippling blow to Russia's oppressed LGBTQ+ community, will be adopted amid the Kremlin's crusade to protect what it views as the country's “traditional values.”

28 years after genocide, Bosniak Muslims mourn their dead but celebrate a return of Islamic life to Srebrenica

By David I. Klein — July 13, 2023
SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (RNS) — Though the area was depopulated of Muslims by the genocide, many survivors and their children have come back. 

Why do we remember Srebrenica?

By Omar Suleiman — July 11, 2023
(RNS) — We must recall the daily, routine dehumanization that leads to genocide.

Battle over ownership of Ukrainian monastery heats up again

By Meagan Saliashvili — July 6, 2023
(RNS) — Dozens of Orthodox Christians who support their church’s historic ties to Moscow prevented Ukrainian authorities from taking possession of buildings at the Monastery of the Caves in Kyiv, surrounding the entrance and blocking officials from entering.

After calendar change, many in Ukraine are looking forward to a new Christmas

By David I. Klein — June 16, 2023
(RNS) — The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has further cemented its split from the Russian counterpart it used to be a part of by adopting a new liturgical calendar. 

Using high-tech laser gear, UN-backed team scans Ukraine historical sites to preserve them amid war

By Jon Gambrell — June 13, 2023
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — They include religious sites, museums, monuments and libraries.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie on leading National Council of Churches as it nears 75 years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I think that the difference, at this point, is that I am adding activism to advocacy,’ she said as she became NCC president after serving as interim leader.

Catholic, Coptic Orthodox popes offer joint Vatican blessing

By Nicole Winfield — May 10, 2023
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Tawadros, the Coptic Orthodox patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt, joined Francis on the stage for the entirety of Francis’ weekly general audience.
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