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The head of Cyprus Orthodox Church Archbishop Chrysostomos II, facing, presides over a meeting of other bishops composing the Holy Synod, the Church's highest decision-making body at the Church's headquarters in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. The Holy Synod convened to discuss issues relating to the Cyprus Church's position on the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus Orthodox Church backs Ukrainian Church's independence

Nov. 25, 2020 11:40 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cypriot Orthodox Church’s top decision-making body on Wednesday backed the Archbishop’s move to effectively recognize the new Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s independence, overturning an earlier position of neutrality on the thorny issue. Of the Holy...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, speaks with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, before departing the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Pompeo's stop in Turkey is focused on promoting religious freedom and fighting religious persecution, which is a key priority for the U.S. administration, officials said.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Pompeo meets Orthodox spiritual leader in Istanbul

Nov. 17, 2020 9:51 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Istanbul-based spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians on Tuesday during a short trip to Turkey that raised the ire of Turkish officials and included no meetings with any of them. Pompeo, who is on a seven-country tour of...