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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

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

#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 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

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