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5 wounded in stabbing at New York rabbi's house

Dec 29, 2019 - 3:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 2 of the victims are in critical condition, says the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council

Russian Patriarch warns against 'dangerous' domestic abuse bill

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:07 PM

The Patriarch, a 73-year-old monk who has led the Church for a decade, says the bill targeting domestic violence is an attempt to 'legalise outside forces interfering in family life,' which he called a 'sacred space'

PATRIARCH KIRILL. Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, to commemorate the day of Saints Cyril and Methodius at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2019. File photo by Mikhael Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Israeli court approves Jerusalem church land sale to settler group

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:47 AM

Israel's top court approves sale of properties by the Greek Orthodox Church to a Jewish pro-settlement organization in mainly Palestinian areas of annexed east Jerusalem

A member of Israeli security forces stands guard as a group of Jewish orthodox students wearing shirts bearing the Star of David tour the old city of Jerusalem on June 2, 2019 as Israelis mark Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem Day commemorates Israel's capture of the holy city's mainly Palestinian eastern sector in the 1967 Six-Day War. MENAHEM KAHANA / afp

Orthodox patriarch signs decree on independent Ukraine church

Jan 06, 2019 - 12:09 AM

'Dear Ukrainians, this is a historic event! This is a great day!' says Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

SIGNED. This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on January 5, 2019 shows Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I signing the 'Tomos' decree of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Church of St George in Istanbul. Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addresses the synod of bishops, saying Kiev's national security depends on 'spiritual independence' from Moscow

SYNOD. This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press-service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) talking as he attends the historic synod expected to establish an Orthodox church independent from Russia on December 15, 2018. Photo by Genya Savilov/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

Ukraine priests to hold historic 'unification' synod

Dec 15, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The synod seeks to recognize Ukraine's independence from the Russian Orthodox Church

HISTORIC. Kiev authorities express hope that the unification synod will be a one step closer to independence from Russia. Photo from Shutterstock

Ukrainian president slams Russian church as 'national security threat'

Jul 28, 2018 - 11:23 PM

Conflict between Ukraine and Russia has exacerbated tensions between the two churches, with Ukranian Patriarch Filaret once saying Putin was 'possessed by Satan'

LEADERS. Patriarch Filaret (L) of the Kiev-based Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd L) attend a religious procession in Kiev on July 28, 2018, marking the 1030th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

May 28, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Built at the end of the 19th century, this unique 6-storey structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it was shut down in the early 1960s

WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Israel's Netanyahu accused of stoking 'fake' crisis to force poll

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:51 PM

The dispute comes as Netanyahu faces a possible indictment on bribery charges in the coming months

CRISIS. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Photo by Thomas Coex/AFP

How other religions in PH observe Undas

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) Some faiths have practices similar to Undas, while others do not commemorate it at all

Bomb attack kills at least 25 near Cairo Coptic cathedral

Dec 11, 2016 - 6:40 PM

3rd UPDATE It is the deadliest suspected attack on Egypt s beleaguered Christian minority in recent memory

Egyptian security forces gather at the site of an explosion at the Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on December 11, 2016 in the Abbasiya neighbourhood in the capital Cairo. Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt's population of 90 million, have faced persecution and discrimination that spiked during the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled by a popular uprising in 2011. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

Putin wraps up Greek trip with Russian monastery visit

May 28, 2016 - 5:59 PM

Accompanied by Patriarch Kirill the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Putin visits he Russian monastery of St Panteleimon on the west coast of the Halkidiki peninsula

GREEK TRIP. Russian President Vladimir Putin has traveled to Greece to visit a secluded Christian Orthodox monastic sanctuary and discuss energy and privatization deals in the cash-strapped country. Photo by Thanassis Stavrakis/EPA

Despite carnage, Syria's Aleppo not in fighting 'freeze'

Apr 30, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Shelling and air raids in Aleppo over the past week have killed more than 230 civilians and pushed a landmark February 27 ceasefire to the verge of collapse

FIGHTING FREEZE? Syrians at the site of airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan Al Qasr in Aleppo, Syria, April 28, 2016. Photo by Zouhir Al Shimale/EPA

Pope Francis arrives on Greek island to meet with refugees

Apr 16, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED Pope Francis arrives in Lesbos for a visit framed as an awareness raising exercise trip whose purpose his spokesman insists is strictly humanitarian and ecumenical not political

POPE'S VISIT. A general view over the hotspot refugee camp, formerly a detention center, in Moria, Lesbos island, Greece, April 5, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Cuba decorates Russia patriarch after pope visit

Feb 14, 2016 - 8:57 AM

Cuba s president Raul Castro hands the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church the Order of Jose Marti a Cuban national hero in the governmental Palace of the Revolution in Havana

Cuban President Raul Castro (R) decorates the Head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, with the Jose Marti Order at Revolution Palace in Havana, Cuba, February 13. Photo by Yamil Lage/EPA

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: key points

Feb 13, 2016 - 12:38 PM

Here are key points from their joint declaration

JOINT DECLARATION. Pope Francis (2-L), Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kiril (2-R) sign a common declaration at Jose Marti airport in Havana, Cuba, 12 February 2016. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Pope, patriarch urge Christian unity at historic talks

Feb 13, 2016 - 8:18 AM

The Orthodox Church s refusal to accept the primacy of the Roman pontiff has long been the primary barrier to a rapprochement between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches

CHRISTIAN UNITY. Pope Francis (L) and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill (R), held a historic meeting in Havana's international airport. The two leaders signed a memorandum, which focused on ecumenism, or efforts to reunite Christian churches, common Christian values, and the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa. Photo by Alejandro Ernesto/EPA

Pope Francis to have historic meeting with Russian Patriarch in Cuba

Feb 05, 2016 - 8:13 PM

The meeting will be the first of its kind since a schism in the 11th Century split what was then the only Christian Church into Western and Eastern branches

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate the First Vespers in Saint Peter's Church, Vatican City, 11 April 2015. EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

Ethiopia in mourning after ISIS kills Christians

Apr 21, 2015 - 7:28 AM

The murders have horrified Ethiopians and sparked global condemnation including from Pope Francis who expressed great distress and sadness over the shocking violence

HORROR BY THE SEA. An image grab taken on April 19, 2015 from a video reportedly released by the Islamic State (ISIS) group through Al-Furqan Media, one of the Jihadist platforms used by the militant organization on the web, purportedly shows men described as Ethiopian Christians captured in Libya kneeling on the ground in front of masked militants before their beheading on a beach at an undisclosed location in Libya. Al-Furqan Media/Handout/AFP

In Manila, Cardinal Tagle meets Pope's 'brother'

Mar 07, 2015 - 8:31 PM

Largely unnoticed in the French president s entourage in the Philippines Patriarch Bartholomew is among the world s towering religious figures

SIGN OF UNITY. The photo on the left shows Pope Francis bowing before Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in a sign of unity on November 29, 2014. The one on the right shows Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle meeting Bartholomew in the Philippines on February 27, 2015. Photo of Francis and Bartholomew by Filippo Monteforte/AFP. Photo of Tagle and Bartholomew by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila.

Mamasapano probe, MILF to return weapons, Obama delays Ukraine arms | The wRap

Feb 10, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Senator Alan Cayetano links the MILF to terrorist groups Rebel group vows to return the weapons of 44 cops Obama holds off supplying weapons to Ukraine

#PugadBaboy: Move like Francis

Dec 26, 2014 - 5:00 AM

Pope Francis to meet Muslim, Buddhist leaders in Philippines visit

Dec 22, 2014 - 8:34 PM

A church official says the meeting will push a message of tolerance in order to combat religious conflicts

Pope, patriarch say 'no Middle East without Christians'

Nov 30, 2014 - 9:53 PM

UPDATED Francis also urges Muslim leaders worldwide to clearly condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam

Pope Francis kisses Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I after they signed a joint statement at St George church, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, on November 30, 2014 in Istanbul as part of a three day visit in Turkey. Pope Francis held an ecumenical prayer, yesterday, in the Orthodox Church of St. George and a private meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the "first among equals" of the world's estimated 300 million Orthodox believers. In a highly symbolic gesture, the pope asked Bartholomew to kiss his brow in a blessing and bowed his head to show humility. AFP PHOTO POOL / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE

Pope Francis urges healing of Catholic, Orthodox split

Nov 30, 2014 - 6:34 PM

The one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome is communion with the Orthodox Churches

Pope Francis attends the Divine Liturgy at the St George church, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, on November 30, 2014 in Istanbul as part of a three day visit in Turkey. Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Pope Francis reflects at Blue Mosque in symbolic Istanbul visit

Nov 29, 2014 - 7:17 PM

UPDATED His visit is seen as a crucial test of Francis s ability to build bridges between faiths amid the rampage by Islamic State ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria and concerns over the persecution of Christian minorities in the Middle East

On the second day of his visit Pope Francis enters the Sultan Ahmed Mosque - known popularly as the Blue Mosque - in Istanbul 29 November 2014. Photo by Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

On Turkey trip, Pope to reach out to Islamic world

Nov 27, 2014 - 9:58 AM

It will be the first papal visit to Turkey since the now retired Benedict went there in 2006 against a backdrop of anger in much of the Muslim world

In this file photo, Pope Francis waves as he boards his plane at the Fiumicino airport, Rome, Italy, 13 August 2014. Alessandro di Meo/EPA

Ukraine Church leader says Putin 'possessed by Satan'

Sep 07, 2014 - 12:43 AM

Patriarch Filaret of Ukraine s Orthodox Church accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to incite bloodshed and killings in eastern Ukraine

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict – US

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:54 AM

International Religious Freedom Report: In almost every corner of the globe millions of Christians Muslims Hindus and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs

DISPLACED. Refugees await distribution of food aid at a refugee camp for internally displaced persons at the Airport of Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic, 12 February 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Tired but smiling, the pope gets back to work

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Pope Francis returns to Vatican from a brief respite receiving political and religious leaders after a sudden indisposition forced him to cancel a hospital visit a day earlier

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Ukrainian church in Crimea attacked by armed men

Jun 02, 2014 - 7:22 AM

Police arrive 3 hours after the attack taking the side of the assailants explaining that the patriarchate of Kiev was carrying out anti Russian activities in Crimea

Pope urges Syria peace at start of Mideast pilgrimage

May 24, 2014 - 9:37 PM

Pope Francis makes an urgent plea Saturday May 24 for peace in war torn Syria as he kicks off a 3 day pilgrimage to the Middle East

Istanbul landmark rekindles religious tensions

Dec 04, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Should the historic Hagia Sophia be a mosque a church or a museum?

DISPUTED. A picture taken on November 29, 2013 shows the Hagia Sophia, at Sultanahmet in Istanbul. AFP/Bulent Kilic

Russian Orthodox patriarch to visit Holy Land: officials

Nov 06, 2012 - 9:06 AM

The head of Russia s powerful Orthodox Church will visit key Christian sites in Israel and the Palestinian territories from November 9 14 as well as the Yad Vashem memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem

PATRIARCH'S VISIT. Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I gives a speech as he attends the unveiling of a monument to Orthodox Patriarch Alexy II during his visit in Minsk on October 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / VICTOR DRACHEV

Russia convicts Pussy Riot protest punks

Aug 17, 2012 - 8:31 PM

Russian punk band Pussy Riot is convicted of hooliganism over a protest in a cathedral

(From left) YEKATERINA SAMUTSEVICH, NADEZHDA TOLOKONNIKOVA and Maria Alyokhina have received support from around the world, including celebrities. Image from Facebook