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A man holds a cross during a rally in central Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Thousands of Serbs have answered a call by the Serbian Orthodox Church to stage a protest against alleged suppression of religious and other rights of minority Serbs in neighboring countries. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Serbian church protests 'suffering' of Serbs in the Balkans

Jan. 8, 2020 11:58 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people protested in Serbia's capital Wednesday against the alleged suppression of religious and other rights of Serb minorities in neighboring countries, answering a call to action by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Orthodox priests led a procession through downtown...

Romany, a Coptic man, left, holds his four-year-old son, for Eissa the barber to cut his hair, in preparation for the Coptic Christmas celebration, at a residential and industrial area of eastern Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)

Egypt's president says interfaith bond saved country

Jan. 6, 2020 5:31 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi appeared at Coptic Christmas Eve Mass on Monday and praised the links between the country’s Christian and Muslim faithful, saying they have prevented the country from descending into sectarian strife like its neighbors. El-Sissi, who is a...

Serbian Orthodox Church believers watch a ceremonial burning of dried oak branches, the Yule log symbol for the Orthodox Christmas Eve in Cetinje, some 30 km south of Podgorica, Montenegro, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic canceled a private visit to Montenegro he'd planned amid a row between the two former Balkan allies over a new law that Serbs say discriminates against the Serbian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Orthodox church tensions in Montenegro on Christmas Eve

Jan. 6, 2020 1:06 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Dozens of police on Monday were deployed in Montenegro for Orthodox Christmas Eve celebrations being held amid heightened tensions over a religious rights law opposed by the Serbian church in the small Balkan country. In the historic capital of Cetinje, police separated...

Bulgarians sing, play bagpipes and chain dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during Epiphany, in Kalofer, Bulgaria, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria on Monday to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. In the mountain city of Kalofer, in central Bulgaria, dozens of men dressed in white embroidered shirts waded into the frigid Tundzha River waving national flags and singing folk songs. (AP Photo)

Seeking the cross: Icy dips mark the feast of Epiphany

Jan. 6, 2020 10:33 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria on Monday to retrieve crucifixes tossed by priests in Epiphany ceremonies commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ. By tradition, the person who retrieves the wooden cross...

The Montenegrin flag flying from the Montenegrin Embassy, is targeted with fireworks by Serbian ultra-nationalists during a protest against a religion rights law adopted by Montenegro's parliament last month, during a mass protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.  Montenegro on Friday strongly denounced aggression against its embassy in Serbia during a protest by some thousands of ultra-nationalists, saying the action represented an attack on the country's independence. (AP Photo/Ana Paunkovic)

Serbian president cancels visit to Serbs in Montenegro

Jan. 4, 2020 6:57 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia’s president on Saturday canceled a private visit to Montenegro he'd planned amid a row between the two former Balkan allies over a new law that Serbs say discriminates against the Serbian Orthodox Church. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said he would not go to...

The Montenegrin flag flying from the Montenegrin Embassy, is targeted with fireworks by Serbian ultra-nationalists during a protest against a religion rights law adopted by Montenegro's parliament last month, during a mass protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.  Montenegro on Friday strongly denounced aggression against its embassy in Serbia during a protest by some thousands of ultra-nationalists, saying the action represented an attack on the country's independence. (AP Photo/Ana Paunkovic)

Montenegro denounces protest attack on its embassy in Serbia

Jan. 3, 2020 10:58 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Montenegro on Friday strongly denounced aggression against its embassy in Serbia during a protest by thousands of ultra-nationalists, saying the actions of soccer hooligans who threw flares and chanted “Set it on fire” represented an attack on the country's...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, center, is under construction at the World Trade Center in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and officials with the Greek Orthodox church say they have a plan to complete construction of the church in time for the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Construction of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine was halted in December 2017. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Cuomo: Rebuilding of church lost in 9/11 attacks to resume

Jan. 2, 2020 5:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Two years after a lack of funds halted construction of a marble-clad Greek Orthodox church at New York's World Trade Center site, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Greek Orthodox officials announced plans Thursday to resume construction with the goal of finishing the rebuilding by the 20th anniversary...

Serbian Orthodox Church clergy in Montenegro march and hold a banner reading: ''Judgment and Justice are in God's name'' as they protest the planned adoption of a religious law that they say will pave the way to strip the church of its property, in Podgorica, Montenegro, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. Montenegro's pro-Western president has accused the church of promoting pro-Serb policies in Montenegro and seeking to undermine the country's statehood since it split from Serbia in 2006. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Several thousand protest church bill in Montenegro

Jan. 1, 2020 3:25 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Several thousand people on Wednesday held protests in Montenegro against a religious property bill that is opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church and Russia. The church insists that the law allows the state to impound its property, including monasteries, churches and other...

Police officers carry a pro-Serb opposition lawmaker in the parliament building in Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. The Serbian Orthodox Church says the law will strip it of its property, including medieval monasteries and churches. The government has denied that. Montenegro's parliament adopted a contested law on religious rights after chaotic scenes in the assembly that resulted in the detention of all pro-Serb opposition lawmakers. (AP Photo)

Montenegro: Pro-Serb lawmakers released from detention

Dec. 28, 2019 6:54 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegrin court early Saturday released from detention three pro-Serb opposition lawmakers who were jailed following turmoil in parliament over the vote on a contested church property law. Trying to prevent the bill's approval, the three hurled what appeared to be a tear...

FILE In this file photo taken on Saturday, July 28, 2018, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, right, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa Theodoros II, left, walk to attend a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes that preceded the Russian state in Moscow, Russia. The Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria following his decision to recognize Ukraine's new independent Orthodox Church. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

Russia Orthodox Church cuts ties with Alexandria patriarch

Dec. 27, 2019 11:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria following his decision to recognize Ukraine's new independent Orthodox Church. The Russian church's Holy Synod ruled late Thursday to rupture all links with Patriarch Theodore II of...