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Greek Orthodox church at World Trade Center reopens at last

Dec. 07, 2022 11:40 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More than two decades after a tiny Greek Orthodox church in lower Manhattan was destroyed by the falling south tower of the World Trade Center, that church's far grander replacement opened to the public this week in an elevated park overlooking the rebuilt trade center's memorial...

Ukraine bans religious organizations with links to Russia

Dec. 02, 2022 09:57 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Friday banned the activities of religious organizations “affiliated with centers of influence” in Russia and said it would examine the links between the Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox churches. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a...

Russia protests pope comments as Vatican seeks to mediate

Nov. 29, 2022 08:36 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Russia has lodged a formal protest with the Vatican over Pope Francis’ latest condemnation of atrocities in Ukraine, in which the pontiff blamed most of the cruelty on Chechens and other minorities in an apparent effort to spare ethnic Russian troops from criticism. ...

With searches, Ukraine focuses suspicions on Orthodox clergy

Nov. 23, 2022 11:58 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — An investigation of a centuries-old monastic complex in Ukraine’s capital and other religious sites has underscored Ukrainian authorities' suspicions about some Orthodox Christian clergymen they see as loyal to Russia despite Moscow's nine month-old war on the country. ...

Pope links plight of Ukrainians today to Stalin's 'genocide'

Nov. 23, 2022 09:27 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday linked the suffering of Ukrainians now to the 1930s “genocide artificially caused by Stalin," when the Soviet leader was blamed for creating a man-made famine in Ukraine believed to have killed more than 3 million people. Francis’...

Ukraine searches monastic complex, prompts anger in Moscow

Nov. 22, 2022 10:00 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s counter-intelligence service, police officers and the country's National Guard on Tuesday searched one of the most famous Orthodox Christian sites in the capital, Kyiv, after a priest spoke favorably about Russia – Ukraine’s invader – during a service. ...

Greek child charity leadership axed following abuse claims

Nov. 21, 2022 11:59 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government on Monday axed a prominent private charity's leadership following a string of allegations that children in its care were subjected to physical abuse by staff members. The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos...

Cyprus state broadcaster reports leader of island nation's Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II dies at 81

Nov. 07, 2022 00:40 AM EST
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus state broadcaster reports leader of island nation's Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II dies at 81.

Kosovo's ethnic Serb police, lawmakers resign en masse

Nov. 05, 2022 15:20 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Representatives of the ethnic Serb minority in Kosovo on Saturday resigned from their posts in protest over the dismissal of a police officer who did not follow the government's decision on vehicle license plates. Earlier this week Pristina authorities...

Pope slams 'childlike' whims of powerful that start wars

Nov. 04, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) — With Russia’s war in Ukraine raging, Pope Francis joined Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders on Friday in calling for the great religions to work together for peace, telling an interfaith summit that religion must never be used to justify violence and that faith leaders...