Latest Eastern Orthodox Church News

Rare 1,000-year-old manuscript returned to Greece from US

Sep. 29, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A U.S. museum has returned a valuable 1,000-year-old Christian manuscript to a monastery in northern Greece it was looted from by Bulgarian forces more than a century ago together with hundreds of other documents and artifacts. The 11th century gospel was...

Moscow patriarch: Russian war dead have their sins forgiven

Sep. 27, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

Russian soldiers who die in the line of duty in Ukraine have all of their sins forgiven, the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church proclaimed in a sermon, comparing their sacrificial death to that of Jesus. The assertion, made on Sunday, ratchets up Moscow Patriarch Kirill's...

Belgrade police clash with hooligans during Pride march

Sep. 17, 2022 14:03 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Riot police clashed Saturday with soccer hooligans in downtown Belgrade, where a pan-European Pride march was held despite threats from anti-gay groups and an official earlier ban on the march in the traditionally conservative Balkan state. Tensions were...

Pope keeps Moscow dialogue open even if it's uncomfortable

Sep. 15, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The Vatican plans to keep open paths of dialogue with Russia, even if doing so “smells,” Pope Francis said Thursday, reaffirming Ukraine’s right to defend itself. Francis spoke at length about Russia’s war in Ukraine and the need for peace...

Pope urged to avoid 'supermarket of religions' in Kazakhstan

Sep. 15, 2022 06:19 AM EDT

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — Pope Francis reaffirmed the critical value Thursday of interfaith dialogue to contrast the “folly of war,” even as one of his own bishops warned that Francis’ participation in a big interfaith peace conference in Kazakhstan could imply papal endorsement of a...

How many must die? Pope blasts Russia war, appeals for peace

Sep. 14, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — Pope Francis told the Russian Orthodox hierarchy and other faith leaders Wednesday that religion must never be used to justify the “evil” of war, and asked at an outdoor Mass in Kazakhstan, “How many deaths will it take?” for peace to prevail in Ukraine. ...

Pope, opening Kazakh visit, blasts 'senseless' Ukraine war

Sep. 13, 2022 20:45 PM EDT

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan (AP) — Pope Francis begged for an end to Russia’s “senseless and tragic war” in Ukraine as he arrived Tuesday in the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan to join faith leaders from around the world in praying for peace. Francis flew to the Kazakh...

Serbian police ban EuroPride march, citing security concerns

Sep. 13, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s police on Tuesday banned a Pride march planned amid pan-European LGBTQ events being held this week in Belgrade, citing a risk of clashes with far-right anti-gay activists. Organizers vowed to appeal the ban. Pro-Serbian Orthodox Church...

Montenegro wrestles with massive cyberattack, Russia blamed

Sep. 12, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — At the government headquarters in NATO-member Montenegro, the computers are unplugged, the internet is switched off and the state's main websites are down. The blackout comes amid a massive cyberattack against the small Balkan state which officials say bears the...

Pope heads to Kazakh interfaith congress, without patriarch

Sep. 12, 2022 06:39 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis had hoped his trip to Kazakhstan this week would offer a chance to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church — who has justified the war in Ukraine — and plead for peace. Patriarch Kirill bowed out a few weeks ago, but Francis is going ahead with the...