Latest Eastern Orthodox Church News

Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years

Jun. 22, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top priority is completing construction of a shrine in New York City linked to the Sept. 11 attacks....

Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

Jun. 19, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church law calls...

Israeli court upholds Orthodox church land sales to settlers

Jun. 13, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has ruled against the Greek Orthodox Church in a long-running legal battle over the sale of three properties in predominantly Palestinian parts of Jerusalem's Old City to a Jewish settler group. The ruling handed down on Monday was part of a protracted dispute over...

Pope to meet Putin before Vatican Ukraine meeting

Jun. 6, 2019 6:20 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Vatican next month, a day before Catholic leaders from Ukraine gather at the Holy See to discuss the continuing conflict there and the fallout from the schism between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. The...

Pope apologizes for history of discrimination against Roma

Jun. 2, 2019 11:15 AM EDT

BLAJ, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis apologized Sunday to the Roma ethnic minority for their history of discrimination in Europe and paid homage to Romanian Catholics persecuted during communist rule as he wrapped up his third and final day with a message of forgiveness. Francis reached out to the minorities...

Pope urges Romanians to work together to confront challenges

May. 31, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Pope Francis opened a three-day pilgrimage to Romania on Friday by delivering a new appeal for unity, 20 years after St. John Paul II made the first-ever papal visit to a majority Orthodox country. Francis referred to that historic trip during his opening speech before Romanian...

Churches strike deal to restore Jerusalem holy site

May. 27, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The three churches in charge of Jerusalem's holiest Christian site say they have reached an agreement to begin a multi-million dollar renovation of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian churches issued a statement Monday announcing the...

Russian city cancels cathedral construction after protests

May. 22, 2019 1:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The governor of Russia's Urals region said Wednesday that a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park will be cancelled after protests that drew nationwide attention. A new site will be chosen. Unsanctioned demonstrations in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg were...

Putin calls for compromise over Orthodox cathedral standoff

May. 16, 2019 3:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a compromise Thursday to ease tensions over a plan to build a Russian Orthodox cathedral in a popular park in the nation's fourth-largest city that has sparked protests and drawn nationwide attention. Unsanctioned protests in the Ural Mountains city...

The Latest: Pope hears from married Eastern rite priest

May. 7, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to North Macedonia (all times local): 6 p.m. An Eastern rite Catholic priest has told Pope Francis during a visit to North Macedonia that he is a better priest because he is married and has a family. The Rev. Goce Kostov, a member of the...