Catholic Church vs. Orthodox Church: The Main Differences
Christianity is the world's largest religion, with an estimated 2.382 billion followers across the globe. However, the Church is hardly a unified body and there exist several Christian denominations with diverse practices, beliefs, and doctrines. One of the most prominent...
Vatican Returns Parthenon Marbles to Greece
The Vatican and Greece are finalizing a deal for the return of three Parthenon marbles that have been in the collection of the Vatican Museums for two centuries. The fragments are expected to arrive in Athens later this month, with...
Former Pope Benedict XVI Dies at 95
Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at his Vatican residence, aged 95, almost a decade after he stood down because of ailing health. He led the Catholic Church for less than eight years until, in 2013, he became the first...
Russia’s Orthodox Church Rules Out Union with Catholic Church
Russia's Orthodox Church dismissed talk of union between Orthodox and Catholic Churches but it confirmed earlier in the week that a meeting between Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Pope Francis is possible. Bishop Hilarion, the Chairman of...
Pope Sends Video Message Ahead of Visit to Cyprus and Greece
Just a few days ahead of his apostolic journey to Cyprus and Greece, Pope Francis sent a video message expressing his joy in visiting the countries "as a pilgrim to your magnificent lands blessed by history, culture, and the...
Infographic: Visits of Ecumenical Patriarchs to Rome and Popes to Constantinople
As Pope Francis is paying a visit to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Phanar here is a timeline of the official meetings of the Primates of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches throughout the centuries, as released by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. There...
Pope Francis to Visit Ecumenical Patriarchate; Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will welcome Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul on November 29 and 30, 2014.
The ‘Mosaic’ of Holy Land’s Christian Communities
By Pat McCarthy* and Dan Woodin** BETHLEHEM/JERUSALEM (ANS) -- A snapshot of the Holy Land's Christian population was revealed after Pope Francis' and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's joint visit to Jordan and the West Bank last spring. It is fascinating to note that Christians...
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Meets Israeli, Palestinian Presidents
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, currently on a visit to the Holy Lands, on Tuesday had meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships. During the Patriarch's visit, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced their decision to visit the...
The Moment Pope Francis Kissed the Hand of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (Video)
In a gesture of utmost respect, Pope Francis kissed the hand of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I after they prayed together at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Israel. The two spiritual leaders were on a pilgrimage to the...
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