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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

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.

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