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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 03.10.2014 | 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 03.06.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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 01.25.2014 | Gay 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...

LOOK: Bulgarians Celebrate With Chilly Ritual

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Thousands of young men are plunging into icy rivers and lakes across Bulgaria to retrieve crucifixes cast by priests in an old ritual marking the feas...

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 ...

Pope Francis' Hopes For The Orthodox Church

Posted 12.02.2013 | Religion

Pope Francis sent special greetings to Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople that expressed his brotherly love ...

Pope Meets Putin

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his religious side during a visit Monday to the Vatican, stopping to cross himself a...

A Brief Travel Guide to the Republic of Macedonia

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 12.27.2013 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

What comes to mind when you hear about Republic of Macedonia as a tourism destination? Unless you are from this region, a history buff or extreme travel junkie, you probably know very little about one of the newest European countries in the south Balkans.

Kidnapped Syrian Bishops Reportedly Still Alive

Posted 09.27.2013 | Religion

Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Metropolitan Boulous Yazigi, two Syrian bishops who were kidnapped by an unknown group on April 22, 201...

100+ Days Of Captivity For Syrian Bishops

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion

Metropolitan Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Metropolitan Boulous Yazigi have been captured for over 100 days now, despite the calls for their relea...

The Fall Of Constantinople, Queen Of Cities

Evagelos Sotiropoulos | Posted 07.29.2013 | Religion
Evagelos Sotiropoulos

More than just the cultural, economic and political core of Eurasia, Constantinople was the center of Christianity. Today (May 29), the Orthodox Church remembers the fall of the city.

The 'Arab Spring' And The Christian Nightmare

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

In the Orthodox Church, the Saturday before Palm Sunday is set aside to remember the raising of Lazarus from the tomb. Orthodox Christians around the world have joined in prayer that the two bishops kidnapped will be released from their tomb as well. There has been enough weeping.

A Visit To The Mount Athos Of America

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Thom Nickels

The rhythm of the chanting and prayers produced a transcendent state that erased discomfort. After a while, I almost forgot that I had legs. The sensation was a little bit like floating.

If Jesus Hates Anything Maybe It's Theology

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

  Having elevated the Bible -- or at least the nicer bits that they like -- to the status of a magic book  evangelicals  have demoted God. The...

Russian Church To Pussy Riot: Repent!

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 11.30.2012 | Religion

MOSCOW — The Russian Orthodox Church on Sunday asked for clemency for three jailed members of the rock band Pussy Riot if they repent for their ...

A Confession

Scott Cairns | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Scott Cairns

I have a confession, which I will make now, and as publically as I can. I acted, albeit briefly, like a bully this past weekend.

Sandra Birke: "In Dog We Trust"

Evelyne Politanoff | Posted 04.02.2012 | Arts
Evelyne Politanoff

2012-02-01-Birke_Sandra_InDogWeTrust_Guckstdu.jpg Inspired by the devotional imagery of the Orthodox Church, Sandra Birke< created her own set of icons. These icons form a series of twelve photographs entitled In Dog We Trust.

Orthodox Christians Celebrate Epiphany

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion

ISTANBUL — Orthodox Christian worshippers plunged into chilly waters across southern and eastern Europe on Friday to retrieve crucifixes in cere...

From Russia Without Love

Jon O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jon O'Brien

There is no easy answer to demographic decline, and making abortion the scapegoat for decades of neglect to women's well-being will not help. Building a stronger society that supports women and children is the long, slow, sure road to a thriving Russia.

Should Women Be Allowed On Holy Mount Athos?

Sasa Milosevic | Posted 09.11.2011 | Religion
Sasa Milosevic

For more than 1,000 years, in respect of a monastic tradition separating the sexes to allow them to focus on their spiritual tasks, women have been banned from Mount Athos. Time may no longer be on their side.

The Pure In Heart Shall See God

Eric Simpson | Posted 06.30.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

How do we go about having a pure heart? Jesus provides a clue. Keeping our hearts sound is key not only to seeing ourselves as we really are, but to seeing God.

Why Christ's Resurrection Matters

Eric Simpson | Posted 06.24.2011 | Religion
Eric Simpson

During Holy Week we follow the Passion, not to meditate on the violence done to Jesus nor to feel sorry for him, but to mourn our own weaknesses and sins.