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Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years

By David Crary — June 24, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — Elpidophoros was unanimously elected by senior Greek Orthodox officials last month to succeed Archbishop Demetrios, who recently retired at age 91 after serving in the post since 1999.

Russian Orthodox Church drops plan to build a new St. Catherine’s Cathedral

By Marc Bennetts — May 24, 2019
MOSCOW (RNS) — Protesters caused Russian church officials to cancel plans for a new cathedral in Yekaterinburg, the country’s fourth-largest city. Protesters were angered that the cathedral was going to be built on a rare piece of green space.

Close vote in Israel extends tiny ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties’ outsized sway

By Michele Chabin — April 11, 2019
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Besides its effect on the everyday lives of Jewish Israelis, the influence of haredi parties promises to exacerbate tensions between the Israeli government and non-Orthodox Diaspora Jews.

For Orthodox Jewish men, the hat known as a Borsalino is tops

By Bill Motchan — April 9, 2019
(RNS) — A fedora worn by Rihanna and Indiana Jones has also been the hat of choice for Jews from Eastern Europe to the United States for more than a century.

Putin assails Ukraine Orthodox church reform

By The Associated Press — January 31, 2019
(AP) — Putin said the push for the new church was rooted in “the struggle for power” and provoked “animosity and intolerance.”

Greeks bridle at historic deal to split Orthodox church from state

By Nikolia Apostolou — January 18, 2019
ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — Next month, the country's parliament is expected to vote on an agreement to make the Greek state neutral toward religion, ending the primacy of Greek Orthodoxy in the country’s constitution.

Greek Orthodox Church faces Israeli homeowners’ ire after land sales

By Michele Chabin — January 15, 2019
JERUSALEM (RNS) — The secretive sale by the church, the country's second largest landowner, to a group of investors has outraged residents and church members alike.

Is it OK to blame ultra-orthodox Jews?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 13, 2019
When did it become OK to generalize about the Jews?

Official recognition for Ukrainian church roils Orthodox world

By Nikolia Apostolou — January 2, 2019
ATHENS, Greece (RNS) — Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew's decision to recognize an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church has led to fears of a schism among Orthodox Christians.

Ukraine’s leader orders Orthodox Church to change its name

By The Associated Press — December 23, 2018
(AP) — Ukraine’s president on Saturday signed a bill that orders the Ukrainian Orthodox Church to change its name to reflect its ties to Moscow.

Measles outbreaks hit ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel and US

By Paul O'Donnell — November 9, 2018
JERUSALEM (RNS) — In Israel, several prominent rabbis have signed a document that reads, "Whoever isn't vaccinated is a murderer."

Eastern Orthodoxy risks split over independence for Ukraine’s church

By Tom Heneghan — October 31, 2018
(RNS) — The political significance of the decision was immediately clear. 'The (Russian) empire is losing one of the last levers of influence on its former colony,' Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

Russian Orthodox Church issues warning to Orthodoxy’s leader

By Vladimir Isachenov — September 28, 2018
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church warned Friday that it would sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community if he grants autonomy to Ukraine's Orthodox Church.

Israeli court fines ultra-Orthodox radio station for banning women from the air

By Michele Chabin — September 21, 2018
JERUSALEM (RNS) — After a lawsuit was filed, the station began permitting women to speak during limited hours, "and only on stereotypically female topics like recipes or education,” said an activist. 

Nothing sacred: Russian spies tried hacking Orthodox clergy

By Raphael Satter — August 27, 2018
LONDON (AP) — The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world's most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found.
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