Eastern Orthodox Church

FILE - In this Sunday, July 27, 2008 file photo, The thousand-year-old Monastery of Caves, the holiest site of Eastern Orthodox Christians, against the background of the Dnipro River, in Kiev, Ukraine. Tensions over the imminent formation of a Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow are raising fears that nationalists may try to seize Russian church properties. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, FILE)
October 21, 2018 - 7:18 am
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The rough-looking young men brought clubs and brass knuckles to the Pechersk Monastery in Kiev , one of Orthodox Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, apparently seeking to disrupt worship. Police spread-eagled them against a wall decorated in faded centuries-old...
Read More
A man sits draped in a rainbow flag in a nightclub in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, after hearing of the partial voter turnout. Polls have closed in Romania after two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. But the weekend referendum to redefine marriage failed to attract large numbers of voters and risk being voided. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 09, 2018 - 11:57 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's president said Tuesday that the country needs "a mature approach and openness to dialogue" following a referendum that aimed to make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. Low turnout voided the vote. President Klaus Iohannis was the first senior Romanian...
Read More
A Romanian Orthodox nun exits the voting booth, in Ciorogarla, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Romanians are voting Sunday around the country for a second day on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 07, 2018 - 3:56 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Latest on Romania's vote to change the definition of marriage (all times local): 9:45 p.m. Election officials in Romania say too few voters participated in a weekend referendum that sought to put a same-sex marriage ban into the country's constitution, so the vote is...
Read More
A child lifts the courtain of a voting booth as his father casts his vote, in Ciorogarla, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Romanians are voting Sunday around the country for a second day on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 07, 2018 - 1:21 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians voted for a second day on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage, but the referendum was in danger of being invalidated if a lot more voters didn't cast ballots by the time polls closed. The proposed amendment would...
Read More
Head of the Romanian Orthodox church Patriarch Daniel exits a voting booth in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage has started in Romania. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
October 06, 2018 - 6:31 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians have begun two days of voting on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote has raised concerns that non-traditional families will be discriminated against. A conservative group initiated the referendum being held...
Read More
September 28, 2018 - 11:36 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church warned Friday that it would sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community if he grants autonomy to Ukraine's Orthodox Church. The stern warning follows Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I's promise to allow the Orthodox Church in Ukraine to...
Read More
President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, right, welcomes Pope Francis as he arrives at the Kadriorg Presidential Palace in Tallinn, Estonia, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Pope Francis concludes his four-day tour of the Baltics visiting Estonia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
September 25, 2018 - 6:46 am
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations. Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing...
Read More
President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, right, welcomes Pope Francis as he arrives at the Kadriorg Presidential Palace in Tallinn, Estonia, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. Pope Francis concludes his four-day tour of the Baltics visiting Estonia. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
September 25, 2018 - 5:36 am
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to the Baltics (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Pope Francis has acknowledged that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church are driving people away and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future generations...
Read More
Pope Francis smiles as he arrives with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, right, ahead of a meeting with authorities, civil society and diplomatic corps in the square in front of the Presidential Palace, in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 22, 2018 - 8:26 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Pope Francis urged Lithuanians to use their decades of suffering under Soviet and Nazi occupations to become models of tolerance in an intolerant world as he began a three-nation tour of the Baltics on Saturday amid renewed alarm over their giant neighbor Russia. Francis...
Read More
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 - 10:44 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...
Read More

Pages