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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.

Greek Church protests baptism for celebrity same-sex parents

By Derek Gatopoulos — July 19, 2022
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Archbishop Elpidophoros of America presided at the July 9 ceremony near Athens while in Greece on a private visit.

500-year-old icon looted from divided Cyprus repatriated

By Associated Press — July 12, 2022
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus Church has for decades been trying to track down numerous religious artifacts stolen from hundreds of abandoned churches and monasteries in the north and sold abroad.

Biden honors Greek Orthodox priest, Catholic nun with Medal of Freedom

By Adelle M. Banks — July 7, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — 'For so many people and for the nation, Sister Simone Campbell is a gift from God,' Biden said.

Church destroyed during 9/11 attacks consecrated as national shrine

By Marika Proctor — July 5, 2022
(RNS) — St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, in addition to Orthodox services, will also feature dedicated interfaith and nonsectarian spaces.

White House to award 2 faith leaders the Presidential Medal of Freedom

By Marika Proctor — July 1, 2022
(RNS) — Sister Simone Campbell and the Rev. Alexander Karloutsos will be among the 17 Americans recognized in a ceremony at the White House on July 7th. 

Orthodox Christian web forum blocked by Russia over Ukraine coverage

By Marika Proctor — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — The website’s readership has more than doubled since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

UK sanctions Russian Orthodox head; decries forced adoption

By Associated Press — June 16, 2022
LONDON (AP) — Truss also targeted children's rights commissioner Maria Lvova-Belova, who has been accused of enabling the taking of 2,000 vulnerable children from the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine and facilitating their forced adoptions in Russia.

Russian Orthodox head escapes EU sanctions thanks to Orban

By Samuel Petrequin — June 2, 2022
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Hungarian government said sanctioning Kirill would have been inappropriate on grounds of respect for religious freedom.
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