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US hosts Ethiopian Orthodox Church head after Tigray warning

May. 10, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States ambassador to Ethiopia on Monday hosted the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after he warned of “genocide” in the Tigray region in his first public comments on the war. In a Facebook post, the U.S. Embassy said...

Ethiopian Orthodox Church patriarch blasts Tigray 'genocide'

May. 07, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the country’s Tigray region is sharply criticizing Ethiopia’s actions, saying he believes it's genocide: "They want to destroy the people of Tigray.” In a...

AP PHOTOS: Dwindling Armenians show Easter faith in Romania

May. 06, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The ethnic Armenian population in Romania numbered more than 40,000 at the beginning of World War II but rapidly plunged during the country's communist era, especially during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. The latest available census...

Vaccinated faithful throng Jerusalem church for Holy Fire

May. 01, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christian worshippers made use of Israel’s easing of coronavirus restrictions Saturday, packing a Jerusalem church revered as the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection for an ancient fire ceremony a day before Orthodox Easter. The...

Greece: All adults can receive COVID-19 vaccines before July

Apr. 29, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s health minister says any adult who wants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to do so by the end of June as the country ramps up its vaccination drive. Vassilis Kikilias, speaking on Greece’s Skai radio on Thursday, said the...

Greek PM: Vaccine hesitancy driving high death rate

Apr. 28, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister has issued an appeal for elderly Greeks to get vaccinated, blaming hesitancy for persistently high rates of death and hospitalization. “The data we have from ICUs and intubated patients are clear: 95% of them, who are...

Home blessed home: Local priest shares spring ceremony

Apr. 04, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — If ever houses need to be blessed, it’s now. After more than a year of fighting an ongoing pandemic, most are ready for a cleansing and Father Mark Elliott of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Huntington, West Virginia, is trying to bring them...

Romania OKs holding Easter celebrations despite virus surge

Mar. 25, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Romanian authorities announced Thursday that Easter celebrations in the deeply Christian country will go ahead in person this year, even though Romania is battling a surge of COVID-19 infections that is threatening to overwhelm its hospitals. The...

Cyprus Church says 'satanic' Eurovision entry must be yanked

Mar. 04, 2021 11:27 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Orthodox Church of Cyprus on Tuesday called for the withdrawal of the country’s controversial entry into this year’s Eurovision song contest titled “El Diablo,” charging that the song makes an international mockery of country’s moral foundations by...

AP PHOTOS: A month of holy days and festivals, amid pandemic

Mar. 04, 2021 09:16 AM EST

Worshippers burned aromatic incense sticks beneath red and yellow paper lanterns to celebrate the Lunar New Year outside a famed Taoist temple in Hong Kong. A holy man lay on the ground before an image of the Hindu goddess of learning during the Magh Mela festival in...