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Russian Orthodox Patriarch on first visit to Muslim-majority Albania

Tirana - Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill celebrated mass in Tirana on Sunday, the highlight of his first visit to the mainly Muslim Albania.

Ethiopians throng streets for Christian Orthodox festival

Addis Ababa - Under a blazing sun, a procession carrying a replica of the Ark of the Covenant marched on a path of red carpets through the streets of Ethiopia's capital, sending believers to their knees in reverence.

Putin takes icy plunge as Orthodox believers mark Epiphany

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin along with millions of Orthodox believers braved freezing temperatures to take a barechested plunge into icy water in a traditional ritual marking the baptism of Jesus.

Putin hails 'traditional values' in first church congress

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the church to work with the state to defend "traditional values", in the first appearance by a Russian leader at a congress of Orthodox bishops.

Five key facts about Georgia's Christian tradition

Tbili - Pope Francis arrives in Georgia on Friday for a three-day visit as part of a broader tour of the Caucasus region.Here are some key points about Georgia's ancient Christian tradition.

Orthodox spiritual head mourns WWII death camp victims

Jasenovac - Visiting ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, considered the spiritual head of Orthodox church leaders, on Saturday commemorated the victims of Croatia's most notorious World War II death camp.

Pro-refugee activists cleared of disrupting Greek mass

Thessalon - A Greek court on Monday released 26 anarchists who had disrupted a Sunday Orthodox church service to protest against refugee evictions, a judicial source said.

Orthodox chiefs warn over Middle East, science dangers

Atenas - Orthodox church leaders from around the world on Sunday called for the protection of religious minorities in the war-torn Middle East at a rare global meeting that also warned against the "moral dilemmas" of rapid scientific progress.

Putin wraps up Greek trip with Russian monastery visit

Rent - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited the monastic community of Mount Athos, one of Orthodox Christianity's holiest sites, on the last leg of a two-day visit to Greece.

Historic pope-patriarch declaration: Key points

Havana - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Friday held the first meeting in nearly a millennium between heads of their two branches of the Christian church.

Russian church hopes 'historic' pope talks will reset ties

Moscow - The Russian Orthodox Church on Tuesday said it hoped a historic first meeting between its Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis would herald a new era of cooperation between two Christian branches that have been estranged for centuries.

Russian Patriarch Kirill, Kremlin's unwavering backer

Moscow - A close ally of President Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill has helped to transform the Russian Orthodox Church into a powerful institution of the post-Soviet state.The 69-year-old native of Saint Petersburg will meet Pope Francis next week in Cuba.

Serbian church in Johannesburg celebrates 30th anniversary

St Thomas’s Orthodox Church in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend, on St Thomas’s Day.

Orthodox primates speak on mission, human unity and respect for creation

The primates of the Orthodox Churches, meeting recently in Istanbul, have called on Orthodox Christians to be active in mission, to promote the unity of the human race, and to care for creation.

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 Bad Religion - How We Became a Nation of Heretics.  By NY Times columnist Ross Douthat. Published b...
"Bad Religion - How We Became a Nation of Heretics." By NY Times columnist Ross Douthat. Published by Free Press, NY (2012).