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Historic Orthodox meet marred by Russian no show

Atenas - Orthodox church leaders from around the world met in Greece Sunday for the first such gathering in a millennium, but the absence of several branches of the communion threatened to mar the event.

Pope, patriarch urge Christian unity at historic talks

Havana - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called in a historic meeting Friday for restored Christian unity and urgent action to help Christians threatened by violence in the Middle East.

Pope and Patriarch to bridge 1,000-year split in Cuba

Vatican City - Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba next week in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican announced Friday.

Ukraine parish turns into battlefield amid conflict with Russia

Ukraine - The quiet village of Ptycha has become an unlikely battleground for the Orthodox faithful in western Ukraine, where the divide between pro- and anti-Moscow factions plays out far from the eastern front of the war-torn country.

Rabbi saves sacred document as fire guts historic N.J. synagogue

New Brunswick - The longtime rabbi of a historic New Jersey synagogue rushed through the burning building Friday afternoon to save the congregation's most-precious parchment scroll, just before the roof collapsed.

Vladimir hails Vladimir: Putin fetes Russia's religious founder

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday marked 1,000 years since the death of Prince Vladimir, the Orthodox saint credited with bringing Christianity to the country in the Middle Ages.

Ukraine's Russian Orthodox church elects leader as fighting rages

Kiev - Ukraine's wing of the Russian Orthodox Church elected a pro-Russian conservative as its new leader Wednesday, as Kiev appealed for the church to help unite the country being torn apart by a pro-Moscow insurgency.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church leader Volodymyr dies

Kiev - The head of Ukraine's Moscow-linked parish of the Orthodox Church died Saturday, the ex-Soviet country's largest Church said.

Not only the Catholic Church set to elect leader

Sofia - In the midst of all the hype over who will be the next Pope, another ancient church is deciding on its leader. The little-known Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s Holy Synod has tied two candidates who will likely be elected in a runoff at a later date.

Video: Moscow, Russia celebrates Orthodox Easter

Moscow - Russia celebrated the Orthodox Easter holiday in a major event at the cathedral in Moscow today, together with festivities enjoyed by more than 30,000 Russian Orthodox churches worldwide.

Busted: Relic trafficker with alleged saints in his luggage

A small yet truly global operation was foiled when a Swiss man was busted who tried to transport skulls and bones stemming from Greek Orthodox burials to a Russian Orthodox priest in Germany who wanted to start a church in India.

Evangelical Christians now being targeted in Russia

Moscow - As the Russian Orthodox Church gains more and more favor from the Russian government, unease has set into other churches in the country. Their fears were not unwarranted, as armed Russian police with dogs have invaded an Evangelical Lutheran service.

Arrests of Jehovah's Witnesses begin in Russia

Moscow - Since late February more than 50 Jehovah's Witnesses have been arrested and detained. They were publicly protesting in a nation-wide leaflet distribution aimed at informing Russian citizens as to how their religious freedoms are being curtailed.

How Jewish are you? UK court to decide test case

A kid with a mother who was a convert to Judaism was refused entry to a Jewish high school. Using Orthodox classification, it was decided that since the mother wasn’t converted in an Orthodox synagogue, neither she nor the kid qualified as Jewish.

Ritual baptism photos

A photo story about ritual baptisms in the Jordan river on January 18, 2007.

Russian Orthodox Church Condemns 'Virtual Visit' By Pope

MOSCOW (voa) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Aleksy, has condemned a live video link-up between Pope John Paul II and Roman Catholics in Russia. Hundreds of worshippers gathered Saturday evening in a Moscow cathedral to attend ...
 

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AFTERMATH: New Brunswick  N.J.  firefighters do mop-up work Friday after a three-alarm fire gutted t...
AFTERMATH: New Brunswick, N.J., firefighters do mop-up work Friday after a three-alarm fire gutted the historic Poile Zedek synagogue on Neilson Street. No injuries were reported.
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