Latest Patriarch Kirill News

Nuclear plant in Ukraine is shelled; Rising dangers feared

Aug. 08, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine traded accusations Monday that each side is shelling Europe's biggest nuclear power plant, in southern Ukraine. Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling caused a power surge and fire and forced staff to lower output from two reactors, while Ukraine has blamed...

New attacks against illegal miners after South Africa rapes

Aug. 05, 2022 15:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Violence against illegal miners in South Africa spread Friday despite calls for restraint from the country's president, following the arrests of more than 80 men, some thought to be miners, over the gang rapes of eight women last week. Miners' camps were torched...

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...

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,...

South Africa's ANC says economy, corruption are priorities

Jul. 31, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against corruption and work to improve the country’s faltering economy have been endorsed by the ruling African National Congress party in order to improve its declining electoral support. Ramaphosa on...

Pope says he'll slow down or retire: 'You can change a pope'

Jul. 30, 2022 04:24 AM EDT

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that he can no longer travel like he used to because of his strained knee ligaments, saying his weeklong Canadian pilgrimage was “a bit of a test” that showed he needs to slow down and one day possibly retire. ...

Pope visits Nunavut for final apology of his Canadian tour

Jul. 29, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

IQALUIT, Nunavut (AP) — Pope Francis traveled to the edge of the Arctic on Friday to deliver an apology to the Inuit people for the “evil” of Canada’s residential schools, wrapping up his week-long “penitential pilgrimage” to Canada with a dramatic visit to the remote territory of...

South Africa's ruling ANC opens policy meeting amid problems

Jul. 29, 2022 09:55 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party begins its key policy conference on Friday beset by internal divisions and the country’s economic woes. The policy meeting is seen as a preview of the ANC’s December conference where it will elect its...

Fire at Moscow hostel with bars on windows kills 8

Jul. 29, 2022 05:12 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A fire killed eight people in a Moscow hostel where bars on the windows prevented occupants from escaping escape, authorities said Friday. The fire broke out late Thursday in the hostel, which was located in a multi-story apartment building in the Russian capital's...

US rocket system enables Ukraine to pummel key supply bridge

Jul. 27, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian troops used American-supplied precision rocket launchers to knock out a strategic bridge used by Russia to supply its forces in southern Ukraine's occupied Kherson region, officials said Wednesday. Ukraine also claimed to have destroyed an enemy...