Latest Eastern Orthodox Church News

After 121 years, area’s first Orthodox church closes

Jan. 9, 2021 3:01 AM EST

CATASAUQUA, Pa. (AP) — The Rev. Timothy Hasenecz doesn’t remember the topic of the last homily he gave at tiny Holy Trinity Orthodox Catholic Church in North Catasuaqua. He simply poured out whatever his heart had to say, and then, like he did after every liturgy, glanced over at the spot before the...

Putin observes Christmas at 13th century island church

Jan. 6, 2021 4:30 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin attended Orthodox Christmas services Wednesday at a small 13th century church on an island. During two decades in power, Putin generally has marked Christmas outside Moscow, often at relatively little-known provincial churches. The Russian Orthodox Church,...

A limited congregation attends the service for the feast of the Epiphany in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Piraeus, the port of Athens, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The Greek government relented and allowed limited attendance at churches celebrating the feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday, reversing a ban on attendance designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek churches open on Epiphany feast despite tight lockdown

Jan. 6, 2021 4:25 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek government relented and allowed limited attendance at churches celebrating the feast of the Epiphany on Wednesday, reversing a ban on attendance designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Not all churches opened their doors to the faithful during services but, in those...

Armenian Catholicos Karekin II wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus, left, blesses a believer after the Christmas Mass in the Saint Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan, Armenia, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Armenia's prime minister, who is under harsh criticism from the country's dominant Orthodox Christian church in connection with the recent war with Azerbaijan, stayed away from Christmas services on Wednesday. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, in accordance with the Julian calendar. (Grigor Yepremyan/PAN Photo via AP)

Beleaguered Armenian PM stays away from church on Christmas

Jan. 6, 2021 10:36 AM EST

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenia’s prime minister, who is under harsh criticism from the country’s dominant Orthodox Christian church in connection with the recent war with Azerbaijan, stayed away from Christmas services on Wednesday. Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan was self-isolating due to...

The statue of past Church leader Archbishop Damaskinos stands in front of the Athens Orthodox Cathedral, in Athens, on Monday Jan. 4, 2021. Greece's powerful Orthodox Church is rebelling against a government order to briefly close places of worship under a weeklong drive to tighten virus restrictions ahead of the planned reopening of schools. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek Church tells priests to ignore pandemic closure order

Jan. 4, 2021 2:17 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's powerful Orthodox Church is rebelling against a government order to briefly close places of worship under a weeklong drive to tighten virus restrictions before the planned reopening of schools. The conservative Church's ruling body issued a statement Monday directing priests...

In this handout photo released by Basmanny Court via Moscow News Agency, Father Sergiy, a Russian monk who has defied the Russian Orthodox Church's leadership, stands in a cage prior to a court session in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020.  Father Sergiy, who has castigated the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church leadership and denied the coronavirus existence, was detained Tuesday Dec. 29, 2020, by police at a monastery in the Urals and flown to Moscow where he will face criminal charges. (Basmanny Court, Moscow News Agency photo via AP)

Russian monk charged with inciting suicidal acts in sermons

Dec. 29, 2020 1:58 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian riot police stormed into a monastery Tuesday to detain a rebel monk who has castigated the Kremlin and the Russian Orthodox Church leadership and denied the existence of the coronavirus. In the overnight showdown, police clashed with the priest's supporters at the Sredneuralsk...

People shout slogans during a protest against the new government in Podgorica, Montenegro, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Several thousand people rallied Monday in Montenegro, accusing the new government of being pro-Serb because of its plans to amend a religious property law that is strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Montenegro lawmakers change religious law opposed by church

Dec. 29, 2020 4:54 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's new, pro-Serb authorities have amended a law on religious rights and property that was passed by a previous government but was strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church, which led months of protests against the bill. The parliament early Tuesday approved the...

People shout slogans during a protest against the new government in Podgorica, Montenegro, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. Several thousand people rallied Monday in Montenegro, accusing the new government of being pro-Serb because of its plans to amend a religious property law that is strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Protests erupt against new Montenegro govt over religion law

Dec. 28, 2020 11:03 AM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Monday in Montenegro, accusing the young country's new government of being pro-Serb because of its plans to amend a religious property law that is strongly opposed by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Carrying Montenegrin flags and chanting...

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk by a moral depicting China's skyscrapers along a street in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020. Provincial governments across China are placing orders for experimental, domestically made coronavirus vaccines, though health officials have yet to say how well they work or how they may reach the country's 1.4 billion people. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: S. Korea virus spike continues, 615 new cases

Dec. 6, 2020 9:39 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 615 new cases of the coronavirus, its 30th day in a row of triple-digit daily jumps, as fears grow the viral spread is getting out of control in the greater capital area. The country has added more than 5,300 to its caseload just in the past 10 days. Most of...

Montenegro Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic, left, speaks in parliament building in Podgorica, Montenegro, Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. Montenegro's parliament voted Friday to approve a new coalition government, ending the domination of a pro-Western party that has ruled the small Balkan nation for almost three decades. The new pro-Serb government is led by Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic, a university professor and a novice in politics who promised to work on creating conditions for holding

Montenegro's parliament approves new, pro-Serb government

Dec. 4, 2020 12:36 PM EST

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro’s parliament on Friday voted to approve a new conservative, pro-Serb coalition government, which will succeed a pro-Western party that has ruled the small Balkan nation for almost three decades. Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic' cabinet is dominated by...