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.
PARIS (Reuters) The Holy Trinity Cathedral is Russia's biggest and most visible landmark in the French capital since Tsar Alexander III offered Paris a bridge named after him in the late 19th century.
(RNS) We need to consider something similar to the 1980s protests for the freedom of Soviet Jews, for Christians and other religious minorities that are now being persecuted around the world.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The chief impetus for the Feb. 12 meeting is the need for a joint response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The Russian leader, Patriarch Kirill, needs to reassure his own flock that he won't be focused on reuniting with Catholicism after a 1,000-year schism.
MOSCOW (Reuters) "If we could just cut in half the number of abortions, there would be steady and powerful demographic growth," Patriarch Kirill said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “I want to assure each one of you here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic Church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith," Pope Francis told Orthodox leaders.