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Pope and Patriarch: An Unholy Alliance Against Women

Jon O'Brien | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Jon O'Brien

Secularism does not threaten religion; it lets religion thrive. You cannot have freedom of religion without freedom from religion -- it is a two-sided coin. Nowhere is this more evident than the way these faith leaders treat women's rights.

The Pope Just Had A Meeting 1,000 Years In The Making. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.15.2016 | Religion

For the first time in history, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church met with the head of the largest branch of Eastern Orthodoxy. The encounter be...

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.

How The Russian Orthodox Church Answers Putin's Prayers In Ukraine

Reuters | By Gabriela Baczynska and Tom Heneghan | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW/DONETSK, Ukraine, Oct 6 (Reuters) - After weeks of defying international pleas to free eight European officials they had captured in May, pro...

For The Religious Leader With Everything: A Fighter Jet

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, was presented with an unlikely gift for a religious leader this week as ...

Move Along, No Gay Propaganda Here

Steve Skrovan | Posted 10.14.2013 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

Recently, Moscow celebrated a holiday called "Paratrooper's Day." When I was told it culminates with some of the soldiers stripping down to their underwear to dance and frolic in a fountain, it reminded me of another type of parade that takes place all around the world.

Church Leader To Monks: Avoid 'Sinful And Tempting' Internet

Reuters | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has urged monks not to use cellphones to access the Internet in order to avoid temptation. ...

Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer: What Would Jesus Do?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

For a Christian like me, the question that the Pussy Riot action begs is where might Jesus stand in the controversy between the combined power of the Church and State vs. three girls who made a prayer for deliverance from it.

Women Invite 'Drunk Idiots' With Immodest Dress Says Russian Priest

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Sophia Kishkovsky Religion News Service A top official of the Russian Orthodox Church has called for an official dress code to encourage propriety...

Russian Patriarch, Praising World War II, Sidesteps Stalin's Legacy

Religion News Service | By Sophia Kishkovsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Sophia Kishkovsky Religion News Service MOSCOW (RNS/ENI) Sidestepping a debate over the legacy of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, the head of the R...