Orthodox Christianity

Preparations are made at the Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus and St Ladislaus in Vilnius, Lithuania, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, ahead of Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Lithuania. Pope Francis heads to Europe's northeastern peripheries this weekend to celebrate the faith in three Baltic countries amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
September 21, 2018 - 7:44 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades. Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet...
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September 08, 2018 - 7:43 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church is denouncing a decision by Orthodox Christianity's leading body to send two envoys to Ukraine as a step toward declaring ecclesiastical independence for the church there. In a statement issued on Saturday, the world's largest Orthodox church by far also...
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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow leaves following his meting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, at the Patriarchate in Istanbul, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Bartholomew I is currently debating whether to accept a Ukrainian bid to tear that country's church from its association with Russia, a potential split fuelled by the armed conflict between Ukrainian military forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
August 31, 2018 - 7:07 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — A senior official in the Orthodox Church says "there's no going backwards" in granting Ukrainian clerics full ecclesiastic independence from the Russian Orthodox Church to which they have been tied to for hundreds of years. However, Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, who is part of a...
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Orthodox faithful attend a memorial service for the victims of a forest fire, inside a church at Mati village, east of Athens, Sunday, July 29, 2018. Hundreds of worshippers attended a memorial service in Mati for the dozens who perished in a wildfire that devastated the seaside resort. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
July 29, 2018 - 6:59 pm
MATI, Greece (AP) — Fire officials in Greece raised the death toll from a wildfire that raged through a coastal area east of Athens to 91 and reported that 25 people were missing Sunday, six days after Europe's deadliest forest fire in more than a century. Before the national fire service updated...
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Orthodox faithful attend a memorial service for the victims of a forest fire, inside a church at Mati village, east of Athens, Sunday, July 29, 2018. Hundreds of worshippers attended a memorial service in Mati for the dozens who perished in a wildfire that devastated the seaside resort. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
July 29, 2018 - 10:28 am
MATI, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of a deadly wildfire in Greece (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Fire officials in Greece have raised the death toll from a wildfire that raged through a coastal area east of Athens to 91 and reported that 25 people are missing six days after blaze. Before...
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July 28, 2018 - 3:57 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin says that the adoption of Christianity more than 1,000 years in territory that later became Russia marked the starting point for forming Russia itself. Putin's comments came Saturday in a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption by Christianity by Prince...
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Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, center, leads a religion service at the site where the bodiesof Czar Nicholas II and his family were dumped, around 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Yekaterinburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Thousands of pilgrims begun a procession marking the 100th anniversary of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family. (AP Photo/Aleksandr Abramenkov)
July 17, 2018 - 5:05 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russian pilgrims have walked in a procession marking the 100th anniversary of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family. Russia's last czar, his wife and five children were executed by Bolshevik soldiers in the city of Yekaterinburg 18 months after Nicholas...
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