Latest Eastern Orthodox Church News

Moscow court rules to release anti-government protester

Sep. 18, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled to release a protester, who was facing years in prison for assaulting police, following a mounting public campaign in support of anti-government activists and even bystanders caught up in an opposition rally. Following their own pleas to keep the man in jail,...

Greek schools to stop recording pupils' faith, nationality

Sep. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Education Ministry says it's agreed to remove all references to schoolchildren's religious faith and nationality from school records and certificates. Tuesday's announcement complies with a ruling by the country's independent privacy authority that responded to a complaint by...

Rebuilding work continues, 18 years after 9/11

Sep. 11, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Over 18 years, the rubble left by the destruction of the World Trade Center has given way to a gleaming new complex of office towers, a museum, a transit hub and a memorial that draws millions of visitors each year. But though it no longer looks like a construction site, the rebuilding of...

Ethiopian church-affiliated group urges action against gays

Sep. 8, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A group affiliated with Ethiopia's Orthodox Church is condemning what it calls the government's silence on homosexuality in the country. Speaking at a conference Sunday in Addis Ababa, the capital, Dereje Negash of the Orthodox Church group dedicated to an Ethiopian saint, said...

Cypriot to Russian Church: keep out of breakaway north

Sep. 6, 2019 12:12 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Ties between the Orthodox Church of Cyprus and its Russian counterpart frayed Friday over a series of services conducted by a Russian priest in the breakaway, Turkish Cypriot, north of the divided island nation. The Cypriot church's leader, Archbishop Chrysostomos II, said he would...

Greek authority rules against recording of faith at school

Sep. 4, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's independent privacy authority has ruled it unconstitutional and illegal for school authorities to keep records of pupils' religious faith. The non-binding decision by the Data Protection Authority made public Wednesday follows complaints by an atheist group and human rights...

Greek Orthodox bishop convicted of hate speech resigns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Greek Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned Sunday. Amvrosios, 81,...

Orthodox church files new suit in Jerusalem property battle

Aug. 5, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Greek Orthodox Church says it has filed a new lawsuit against a Jewish settler group in a bid to overturn an Israeli Supreme Court decision upholding the sale of three properties in predominantly Palestinian parts of Jerusalem's Old City. The Patriarchate claimed in a statement Monday...