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Greece: Emergency declared after deadly storm hits resorts

Jul. 11, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared in an area of northern Greece after a violent storm tore through seaside resorts, killing six tourists. A fisherman, who had been missing, was also found dead Thursday taking the death toll to seven. The widespread damage wrought by the...

Putin asks Italy to help restoring ties with EU, meets Pope

Jul. 4, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday for help in improving relations between the European Union and Russia and stop sanctions on Moscow. After meeting with Conte as part of a one-day visit to Rome, Putin said he hopes Italy will explain to the...

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...

Funeral service held for 2 of Cyprus killer's 7 victims

Jun. 13, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Senior Greek Orthodox priests have presided at the funeral service of a mother and daughter who were among the seven people a military officer confessed to killing in Cyprus. The service for 36-year-old Livia Florentina Bunea and her 8-year-old daughter, Elena Natalia Bunea, was the...

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...