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The tinder box of Jerusalem and the tyranny of the religious calendar

By Daoud Kuttab — April 8, 2022
(RNS) — The holiday crunch doesn't bode well for a population already strained by repression and attacks.

For Russian priest protesting Ukraine invasion, a mixture of defiance and concern

By Jack Jenkins — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — 'If I remain silent, I’m not a priest,' said the Rev. Ioann Burdin.

Holy Week pain, Easter hope in Ukraine

By Thomas Reese — April 5, 2022
(RNS) — A visit to a Ukrainian church as Christ is being crucified again in Ukraine.

Across US, faith groups mobilize to aid Ukrainian refugees

By Luis Andres Henao and Deepa Bharath — April 5, 2022
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In Southern California, pastors and lay individuals are stationing themselves at the Mexico border waving Ukrainian flags and offering food, water and prayer.

Ukrainian archbishop: Minority faiths at risk if Russia wins

By Peter Smith — April 1, 2022
(AP) — Groups at risk include Catholics, Muslims and Orthodox who have broken away from the patriarch of Moscow, Archbishop Borys Gudziak said.

My Ukrainian teacher

By Mark Silk — March 31, 2022
(RNS) — And why his work matters at the present moment.

The World Council of Churches must act with courage and expel Kirill, Russian Orthodox Church

By Rob Schenck — March 28, 2022
(RNS) — Supporters of the effort to oust Kirill from the WCC believe he has disqualified the ecclesial entity he embodies by effectively endorsing Putin's military campaign.

When Putin says Russia and Ukraine share one faith, he’s leaving out a lot of the story

By Kathryn David — March 25, 2022
(The Conversation) — Religion plays an important role in expansive views of Russian nationhood. But faith has played a role in Ukrainian nationalism, too.

Pope Francis and Kirill could meet, Vatican-Orthodox relations expert says

By Claire Giangravé — March 24, 2022
(RNS) — While Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill may seem at odds, they are both trying to play both sides of the conflict in Ukraine, one expert says.

Why is Russia’s church backing Putin’s war? Church-state history gives a clue

By Scott Kenworthy — March 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — The war in Ukraine is just the latest chapter in a long, tangled relationship between the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Russian talking point: Blaming US for Ukraine church split

By Peter Smith — March 23, 2022
(AP) — “You cannot call it a religious war, but it has a religious dimension,” said the Rev. Cyril Hovorun.

Russian Orthodox eye expansion in Africa, maybe Turkey as well

By Tom Heneghan — March 22, 2022
(RNS) — Sanctions that have threatened the Russian economy, experts say, could also put the brakes on any expansion by the Russian church.

Franklin Graham, Russia and the ‘Moralist International’

By Mark Silk — March 21, 2022
(RNS) — The war in Ukraine has made strange bedfellows of the international religious right.

How Putin’s invasion became a holy war for Russia

By Jack Jenkins — March 19, 2022
(RNS) — Kirill's response to the war was the culmination of a decade-long effort to wrap Russia’s geopolitical ambitions in faith

Americans’ support for LGBTQ rights higher than ever, even as white evangelicals lag

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 17, 2022
(RNS) — While Republicans and white evangelical Protestants are among the least likely to support three key policies regarding LGBTQ rights, their support still has increased overall in the past seven years.
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