Orthodox Catholic Church
The Church of Greece said Wednesday it supported Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios' right to grant independence to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in 2018.
The Holy Synod, which met on Tuesday and Wednesday, said it also recognized Vartholomaios' "privilege" to "further address the issue of recognition."
A new Syriac Orthodox Church to be built in Istanbul will be a "new wealth" for the city, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Aug. 3.
Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church (BOR) on Thursday presented fresh Wimbledon tennis champion Simona Halep with a Patriarchal Cross, the highest decoration of the Romanian Patriarchate, at a ceremony hosted by the Patriarch's residence. "To many of today's young people, Simona is a symbol of diligence, perseverance and hope.
On the same day, just a few hundred meters away, a group called the "Alliance for Life" is staging a counter-march, it said, in defence of "traditional family values".
Some of this march's supporters have called people on social networks to resist what they call a "gender ideology" that they call "the work of Satan".
Parallel marches with different audiences:
Bulgarians celebrate Monday Midsummer Day, widely known as Enyovden, a holiday related to traditional beliefs about herbs and their healing power.
On June 24 the sun reaches its highest point in the sky and it is believed that if collected before surise on this day, the herbs have the strongest healing power.