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Pope meets Russia envoy; decrees Ukraine-based priest martyr

Aug. 05, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis met Friday with a top official of the Russian Orthodox Church ahead of an expected meeting next month in Kazakhstan with the Russian Orthodox leader, Patriarch Kirill, who has justified the war in Ukraine. The audience was the first between Francis and the...

Splendid Byzantine churches head Thessaloniki’s holy sites

Aug. 03, 2022 08:58 AM EDT

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Under fluttering strings of Greek and Byzantine flags, three men raised a party tent on the terrace of the 5th century Osios David church one recent Saturday, hoping it would shelter festivalgoers from the heat that already shrouded the view of Mount Olympus across the...

Pope to Kazakhstan Sept. 13-15, may meet Russia patriarch

Aug. 01, 2022 12:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis will travel next month to Kazakhstan, where he could meet with Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, who has justified Moscow’s war in Ukraine. Francis, 85, will attend an interfaith conference in the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultan,...

Greek Church protests baptism for celebrity same-sex parents

Jul. 19, 2022 08:23 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Orthodox Church says it will send a letter of protest to the archbishop who heads the church in the United States after he baptized the children of celebrity fashion designer Peter Dundas and his partner, Evangelo Bousis. Archbishop Elpidophoros of...

UK sanctions Russian Orthodox head; decries forced adoption

Jun. 16, 2022 10:16 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced a new round of sanctions Thursday against Russia, targeting the head of the Russian Orthodox Church for his prominent support for the war in Ukraine as well as Russia's children's rights commissioner, who Britain said is responsible for the forced transfer and...

Cyprus eyes rebound from loss of Russian, Ukrainian tourists

Jun. 12, 2022 02:51 AM EDT

KYKKOS MONASTERY, Cyprus (AP) — Archimandrite Agathonikos bows before the silver-covered icon of the Virgin Mary to offer prayers for an end to the war between “peoples of the same religion” in Ukraine. Until the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of Russian and...

Chargers owner accused by sister of fiduciary mismanagement

Jun. 10, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers controlling owner Dean Spanos has been accused of repeated breaches of fiduciary duty and misogynistic behavior in a lawsuit filed by his sister. The filing escalates the ongoing battle among the four Spanos siblings over control of the...

Russian Orthodox head escapes EU sanctions thanks to Orban

Jun. 02, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Thanks to the insistence of Hungary, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church has been removed from the latest round of European Union sanctions to punish Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, four EU diplomats told The Associated Press. The sixth package of sanctions,...

Pope may meet Patriarch Kirill at September Kazakh meeting

May. 31, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis will travel to Kazakhstan in September for an interfaith conference, a meeting that may give him a chance to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The meeting with Patriarch Kirill would be significant...

Live updates | Communist deputy demands Russian withdrawal

May. 27, 2022 23:20 PM EDT

Breaking with the party line in a rare show of opposition to his country’s war in Ukraine, a Communist Party legislative deputy in Russia’s Far East demanded an end to the military operation and withdrawal of Russian forces. “We understand that if our country doesn’t stop the...