PARIS (RNS) — The fate of 118 parishes scattered across Europe is part of a larger struggle between the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul and the far larger and richer Moscow Patriarchate, whose power is linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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PARIS (RNS) — Times are getting more difficult for members of minority religions across Europe as nationalism, security fears and anti-immigrant movements gain ground.
(RNS) —The governor of Bavaria in southern Germany has ordered that Christian crosses be displayed at the entrances to government buildings across his state. The measure, designed to woo conservative voters away from the burgeoning anti-immigrant AfD party, has drawn criticism from church and state alike.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis voiced alarm Monday at the 'hemorrhaging' of nuns and priests in Europe, saying many monasteries, convents and churches will close as fewer people are called to lives of religious service.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Violent attacks on Jews worldwide dropped in 2017 despite a rise in other forms of anti-Semitism, researchers reported Wednesday, in a year characterized by normalization and mainstreaming of anti-Semitism not seen in Europe since World War II.
KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) — The church's ties with Moscow, which date back to the 17th century when Ukraine became part of the Russian Empire, started to cause problems in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea.
LONDON (RNS) — Contactless payment machines will first be used for funeral fees, wedding notices and, eventually, for the weekly offering to the collection.
BERLIN (AP) — Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Friday's Bild newspaper that 'Germany is characterized by Christianity. ... My message is Muslims must live with us, not parallel to or against us.'
(RNS) — The age-old Christian background to the festivities is mostly forgotten, but religion came up in a new way this year as organizers faced an interesting question. Can Jews and Muslims join in the merrymaking?
Paris (RNS) — Welcome to the confusing world of Catholic translations, where linguistics, theology, ecumenism and power politics clash despite the church’s claim to universalism.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Poland, which is largely Roman Catholic, is considering legislation that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust.
(RNS) — By adding Jews to the immigration debate, last month’s anti-Israel and anti-Jewish protests touched Germany’s most sensitive wound and prompted politicians to ask how to counter a new 'Islamic anti-Semitism.'
(RNS) — Even if there were no more migration to Europe — no immigrants, no refugees — the percentage of Muslims in those countries still would rise during the next three decades, according to a new Pew Research Center study.
A Florida-based conservative Christian organization says that Kim Davis is visiting the Central European country this week to support a nationwide effort to explicitly ban gay marriage.