Latest Eastern Orthodox Church News

Live updates | Zelenskyy: Russia should pay for destruction

May. 20, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine -- President Volodymyr Zelenskyy devoted his nightly video address to Ukraine’s demand that Russia be held financially responsible for the damage its forces are inflicting on Ukraine. Just on Friday, he noted, the Russian army fired a missile at the northeastern...

Relics and militants: Vatican fraud trial sprawls the globe

May. 19, 2022 15:21 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s financial trial took a series of surreal turns Thursday when a former suspect-turned-star witness was thrown out of the tribunal and a defendant asserted in court documents that she escorted two emissaries of Russian President Vladimir Putin into the Holy See...

Vatican minister visits Ukraine as pope toes delicate line

May. 17, 2022 06:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, is heading to Kyiv this week as the Holy See seeks to balance its concern for Ukrainians amid Russia's war with its efforts to keep open a channel of dialogue with Moscow. Gallagher is due to arrive...

Live updates | UN: More than 300 evacuated from Mariupol

May. 04, 2022 19:21 PM EDT

The United Nations says more than 300 civilians from the besieged southeastern city of Mariupol and four other towns have been evacuated to Ukrainian-held Zaporizhzhia in a second successful operation to get civilians out of areas subject to Russian shelling and attacks. Osnat...

EU takes major step toward Russian oil ban, new sanctions

May. 04, 2022 15:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top official on Wednesday called on the 27-nation bloc to ban oil imports from Russia and target the country’s biggest bank and major broadcasters in a sixth package of sanctions over the war in Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula...

Pope's Ukraine diplomacy a political and spiritual tightrope

May. 04, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — His appeals for an Orthodox Easter truce in Ukraine went unheeded. His planned meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church was canceled. A proposed visit to Moscow? Nyet. Even his attempt to showcase Russian-Ukrainian friendship fell flat. Pope Francis...

Oligarchs to patriarchs: EU eyes sanctions for Orthodox head

May. 04, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Union plans to sanction the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in its next round of measures to punish Russia's invasion of Ukraine, EU diplomats said Wednesday, opening a new religious front in Europe’s sanctions regime. The proposal, which must be...

Pope offers to meet Putin, still waiting to hear back

May. 03, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis told an Italian newspaper he had offered to travel to Moscow to meet with President Vladimir Putin to try to end Russia's war in Ukraine and suggested the invasion might have been provoked by NATO’s eastward expansion. Francis said he made the...

Montenegro lawmakers elect pro-EU government after crisis

Apr. 28, 2022 14:53 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegrin lawmakers on Thursday approved a new, pro-Western government that promised to speed up European Union integration and make an effort to bridge a deep political divide in the small Balkan nation. The government of Prime Minister Dritan...

Live updates |U.S. pledges new Ukraine aid, diplomatic surge

Apr. 24, 2022 23:57 PM EDT

NEAR THE POLISH-UKRAINIAN BORDER — The United States is giving new military assistance to Ukraine and renewing a diplomatic push in the war-ravaged nation as President Joe Biden’s secretary of state and Pentagon chief complete a secretive trip to Kyiv. U.S. Secretary of State...