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Ukraine searches monastic complex, prompting anger in Moscow

By Hanna Arhirova — November 22, 2022
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism service said the search is part of its "systematic work to counter the subversive activities of the Russian special services in Ukraine."

Abortion rights scored the biggest midterm victory

By Yonat Shimron and Jack Jenkins — November 9, 2022
(RNS) — Not only did voters support abortion rights ballot measures, they probably also helped Democrats stave off a red wave.

World Council of Churches head meets with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill

By Jack Jenkins — October 20, 2022
(RNS) — The Patriarch reportedly said churches 'must not add fuel to the fire' of political conflict but has been widely accused of doing just that.

Montenegro holds pride march despite opposition from church

By Predrag Milic — October 10, 2022
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro is a highly conservative, male-dominated society and initial pride marches here were marred with violence.

Orthodox church in the Hamptons calls people with autism ‘part of our community’

By Adelle M. Banks — September 26, 2022
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (RNS) — US Autism Homes provides an extended circle of friends through a private-public partnership involving the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons.

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.

At World Council of Churches gathering, Russian church keeps its membership

By Jack Jenkins — September 9, 2022
(RNS) — The 11th assembly of the World Council of Churches approved a statement on Thursday (Sept. 8) regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Serbia Orthodox church head publicly supports EuroPride ban

By Jovana Gec — September 7, 2022
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's Orthodox Church head said he is supporting a ban on the pan-European LGBTQ event EuroPride, which is due to take place in Belgrade next week.

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.
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