(RNS) A new Putin-backed law would outlaw proselytzing by religious organizations in Russia.
VATICAN CITY/MOSCOW (Reuters) Diplomats and analysts say Friday's summit in Havana could not happen without a green light from the Russian president.
(RNS) The Orthodox churches were supposed to be only months away from their first major council since the year 787.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived more than an hour late at the Vatican on Wednesday (June 10) to meet Pope Francis, with pressure mounting on the pontiff to take a hard line on Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) On Vladimir Putin's actions in the Ukraine conflict, Kenneth F. Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, said: “Maybe this is an opportunity where the Holy Father privately can raise those concerns."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Pope Francis on Wednesday (June 10), with pressure on the pontiff to speak up about the Kremlin’s role in the Ukraine conflict.
(RNS) "Isn’t it sad, though, that America’s own morality has fallen so far that on this issue -- protecting children from any homosexual agenda or propaganda -- Russia’s standard is higher than our own?" evangelist Franklin Graham wrote.
(RNS) When bigots attacked Coca Cola after the Super Bowl airing, the company could have backed down. But they did the better thing: repeating the ad and making it 50 percent longer. Good for them.
(RNS) While there have been other collections of religious pin-up men, the Orthodox Calendar aims to make a political point against the Orthodox churches that the creators say are complicit in trying to keep gays and lesbians in the closet.
Pussy Riot, the all-female Russian punk band, saw two of its members jailed last year following their now-famous "punk prayer" in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. A new amnesty law, ...
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is starting to raise the political profile of the Vatican to levels not seen since the height of John Paul II's papacy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) despite what Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, termed a "constructive" and "cordial" meeting, there were no announced follow-up dialogues planned, and "no discussion whatsoever" of a papal visit to Russia.
The Church of England welcomes women bishops. Another man is arrested for tweeting about the Prophet Muhammad in Kuwait. And word is God sent tornadoes to Illinois last week because s/he was upset about the state’s new gay marriage law. Watch out, Hawaii.
ROME (RNS) Because of the period of reform Francis has ushered in at the Vatican, and a list of priorities that range from Syria to a desire to strengthen ties between one of the world's largest countries and one of the smallest, the Nov. 25 closed-door encounter will take on a dramatically increased importance.
(RNS) With the civil war in Syria and the civil conflict in Egypt, instances of violent repression against minority Christians have increased. This rise was particularly worrying for Orthodox bishops, who lead the largest body of Christians in the Middle East.