Orthodox Christianity

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, left, talks to members of the media following his meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, at the patriarchate in Istanbul, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Poroshenko and Bartholomew signed an agreement between Ukraine and the patriarchate, for their cooperation and coordinartion on the process of granting Ukrainian church its autocephaly. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
November 03, 2018 - 8:27 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Ukraine's president has met the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, as some Ukrainian clerics prepare to break ties with the Russian Orthodox Church. President Petro Poroshenko and Patriarch Bartholomew I spoke in Istanbul on Saturday, weeks after the patriarchate's Oct. 11...
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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 - 8:57 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...
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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 - 11:09 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians voted Sunday on a constitutional amendment that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage, but the referendum was at risk of being invalidated after voters failed to participate in large numbers. The proposed amendment would change the definition of...
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A woman casts her vote, 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 07, 2018 - 6:44 am
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Latest on Romania's vote to change the definition of marriage (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The head of the Romanian Orthodox Church is urging the faith's adherents to vote in a referendum that would make it harder to legalize same-sex marriage, if it passes. The church...
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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 - 3:31 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...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 25, 2010 file photo, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, left, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill tour the Kremlin during a meeting in Moscow, Russia. The Russian Orthodox Church warned Friday Sept. 28, 2018, that it would sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community if he grants autonomy to Ukraine's Orthodox Church. (Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Government Pool Photo via AP, file)
September 28, 2018 - 9:38 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...
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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate a Mass in Freedom Square, 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 - 5:41 pm
TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis conceded Tuesday that priestly sex abuse scandals are outraging the Catholic faithful and 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 his papacy on the...
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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 - 2:36 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...
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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 - 7:44 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...
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September 14, 2018 - 4:58 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is chairing a meeting of top priests to decide how to respond to Orthodox Christianity's leading body move to send two envoys to Ukraine. The Russian church claims authority over the church in Ukraine. But many Ukrainian parishes reject the...
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