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Pope Francis Joins the 'Samba School' of Charismatic Catholicism

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 06.05.2014 | 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...

A Moment For Christian Healing

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians prayed together Sunday inside the Jerusalem church that sy...

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.

Orthodox Patriarch Hopes For 'Christian Unity' After Pope Visit

AP | Desmond Butler | Posted 05.09.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL (AP) - Bartholomew I, spiritual leader of 250 million Orthodox Christians, says a meeting with Pope Francis in Jerusalem this month will help...

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 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.