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Russia’s Patriarch Kirill in EU’s Sanctions List

It emerged on Thursday that Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia's Orthodox Church, is included in the European Union's sanctions list. The 75-year-old Kirill has backed Russia's military campaign in Ukraine, calling on supporters to rally to fight Moscow's "external...

The Akathist Hymn: A Lyric Poem of Unparalleled Beauty

The Akathist Hymn, which is chanted on the first five successive Fridays of Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church, is dedicated to Virgin Mary.

Invasion of Ukraine Has Split 300 Million Orthodox Christians

Russia's decision to invade Ukraine has split the Orthodox Church. Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, a leading authority of the Eastern Orthodox Church, quickly condemned the “unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.” By contrast, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the...

Orthodox Church Splits From Russia, Requests to Join Constantinople Patriarchate

A Russian Orthodox church in Holland said on Saturday it is cutting ties with the patriarchate in Russia and has requested to join the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. In a statement posted to its website it said that after a...

Russia Establishes Exarchate in Africa, Deepening Orthodox Schism

The Moscow Patriarchate has decided to establish a Patriarchal Exarchate in Africa, a move perceived as deepening the schism in the Orthodox Church

Orthodox Church Warns Israeli Radicals Threaten Christian Presence in Jerusalem

The Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem accused on Sunday radical Israeli groups of threatening the presence of Christians in the holy city. Writing in the London Times, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III said that “Our churches are...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Tests Positive for Covid

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has tested positive for Covid-19, the Patriarchate at Constantinople announced on Friday. “His Holiness, who is fully vaccinated, is currently showing mild symptoms, but his general condition is good,” an announcement said. It added that "immediately after the...

Pope Calls for Conciliation Between Catholic, Orthodox Churches

Pope Francis, who is visiting Cyprus on Friday spoke of reconciliation between the Catholic and the Orthodox Church during his visit with Archbishop Chrysostomos and the Holy Synod in Nicosia. “It is my heartfelt hope that there will be increased opportunities...

Bartholomew Marks 30 Years at Helm of Orthodox Church in Athens Visit

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew marked 30 years as the leader of the Greek Orthodoxy by visiting Greece this week where he met with the spiritual and political leadership of the country. Bartholomew’s visit comes after a high-profile visit in the United...

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Meet President Biden in US Visit

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will meet with President Biden during his visit to the US, which begins on October 23, according to the official schedule released by the Greek Archdiocese of America on Wednesday. The visit to the US, which will...