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Orthodox Primates Gather To Proclaim Unity

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 06.22.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church has commenced in Crete. Ten of the fourteen Church Primates concelebrated the Divine Liturgy yesterday for the Sunday of Pentecost.

The Holy and Great Council: Orthodoxy's Opportunity

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

"But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'" records Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist (5:37). Five short months ago a Synaxis of Primates of ...

The Holy and Great Council: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 05.12.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

With the journey to Pascha having reached its ultimate destination at the glorious Resurrection of the Lord, the Orthodox Church has now embarked on the Pentecostarion period.

Ukraine's Giant Easter Egg Festival Is A Feast For The Eyes

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion

While many Christians in the world emptied out their Easter baskets weeks ago, for Orthodox Christians, the celebration is just getting started. Easte...

Adorable Stray Cats Steal The Show During Russian Monastery's Ritual

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.05.2016 | Religion

Russia's Optina Monastery is an Orthodox Christian center located south of Moscow that dates back to at least the sixteenth century. The sacred spot h...

Analyzing the Holy and Great Council

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 03.14.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to be held in Crete during Pentecost has prompted a great deal of discussion. The affirmation at the...

The Pope Looks East Toward Russia and China

Sébastien Maillard | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Sébastien Maillard

ROME -- Rumors of a plan to meet the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church and of a deal with Beijing to name Catholic bishops in China signal Vatican maneuvers on the eastern front.

Russia's Holy Power Play

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 01.26.2016 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Most people know President Putin but few have heard of Patriarch Kirill. The Russian patriarch, who often has the same objectives as Putin, operates with less attention and in many ways fewer restrictions.

Jonathan Jackson on Converting to Orthodox Christianity

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We became instant friends because we had so much in common: we both love God and Jesus Christ, work in film and television, he's also an author, love music -- he performs and I listen, and we both recently converted to Christian Orthodoxy and love Church.

Christian Leaders Gather in Turkey

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

Deep in the heart of Turkey, in the historic city of Constantinople (Istanbul), high-ranking religious leaders gathered recently to examine and deliberate on a range of both spiritual and secular issues.

The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion

Thousands of Orthodox Christians attended Holy Week services in Greek Orthodox churches in Central and South America this year -- but most were not of...

Why I Love Orthodox Monasticism

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 05.23.2015 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

I went to Greece almost every summer during my child and teenage years and, without fail, would visit various monasteries during my stays.

New Greek PM Supports Palestinian Rights

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.01.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The country that brought to the world modern democracy has shown the refreshing meaning of giving people the right to say who rules them. Let us hope that our region will benefit politically from the new elections and also absorb the liberating power of democracy.

Turkey Approves Construction Of First New Church In Nearly A Century

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

Turkey is getting a brand new church for the first time in nearly a century. The $1.5 million Virgin Mary Syriac church will be built in the Istanb...

Pope Francis Joins the 'Samba School' of Charismatic Catholicism

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
R. Andrew Chesnut

Pope Francis is a charismatic. Though I made the case for this in another HuffPost blog almost a year ago, the Argentine pontiff's penchant for Spirit-centered Catholicism has been one of the most underreported aspects of his dynamic papacy.

Pope Invites Orthodox Patriarch To Vatican Prayer Summit

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople may join Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres ...

Catholic And Orthodox Church Plan Historic Gathering

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

UPDATE 6/3/14: Vatican spokesman Rev. Thomas Rosica said in a statement that the event has not been confirmed, and it is "very early to jump to conclu...

Orthodoxy, Putin and the West

Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis | Posted 07.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis

The image of Orthodoxy according to Putin is vastly different, and has been further complicated by some of America's political religious right's agreement with Putin.

How The Ukrainian Crisis May Split Russian Orthodox Church

Religion News Service | SOPHIA KISHKOVSKY | Posted 03.15.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW (RNS) As Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s border and a controversial secession vote in Crimea approaches Sunday (March 16), Patriarch Kiril...

Orthodox Church Plans First Council In 1,200 Years At Historic Location

Reuters | Dasha Afanasieva and Tom Heneghan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL, March 9 (Reuters) - Patriarchs of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peac...

Lenten Privations?

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Scott Cairns

The point here is that the energy of saying "no" to one thing or another is far less efficacious than the energy of saying "yes" to something (Someone) more desirable.

From the Pinnacle of Power, Putin Stands Before the Abyss

David Paul | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The Sochi Olympic Games were supposed to mark the pinnacle of Putin power and prestige, but instead it may mark the moment of his undoing.

LOOK: Provocative Orthodox Calendar Protests Russian Church's Stance On Gay Marriage

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(RNS) On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians is protesting Russia’s anti-gay laws in a cale...

Beautiful New Year's Celebrations You've Never Heard Of

Posted 12.31.2013 | Religion

As we get ready to ring in 2014, we at HuffPost Religion would like to highlight celebrations from some of the world's religious traditions. While th...

Missing Syrian Nuns Surface In Video

Reuters | Posted 02.06.2014 | Religion

BEIRUT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A group of nuns who went missing in Syria after Islamist fighters captured a Christian village this week have appeared in ...