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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.

Ukrainian Orthodox primate: ‘We are called to stop this evil’

By Lew Nescott Jr. — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — Epiphanius, leader of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, called Patriarch Kirill 'more of a state authority than a religious pastor,' and alleged that Kirill shares responsibility for war crimes with Putin.

Uvalde school shooting: Faith leaders offer comfort, call for reform of gun laws

By Religion News Service — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — With the news of 19 children and two others killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, religious leaders from across the spectrum express their sorrow, with many saying now is the time for a new approach to gun control.

Dreher’s war, part 2

By Mark Silk — May 12, 2022
(RNS) — The second of two columns on how America’s best-known Orthodox Christian writer looks at the war in Ukraine.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie to lead National Council of Churches for next two years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 10, 2022
(RNS) — McKenzie succeeds Jim Winkler, who left the ecumenical organization on Jan. 31.

How burying the dead keeps the living human

By Dimitris Xygalatas — May 9, 2022
(The Conversation) — Ukrainian families’ anguish at not being able to bury their loved ones underscores a deep human need, an anthropologist writes.

What a cathedral and a massive military parade show about Putin’s Russia

By Lena Surzhko Harned — May 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — World War II has a central place in Russian nationalism. Its importance is written all over a new cathedral dedicated to the armed forces.
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