Orthodox Catholic Church

Pope in Romania / Pope Francis welcomed to Cotroceni Palace with military honours

Pope Francis was welcomed at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on Friday with full military honours by Romania's President Klaus Iohannis at a ceremony held on the Marinescu Plateau. Iohannis alongside his wife, Carmen, welcomed Pope Francis. The welcoming delegation comprised all presidential and state advisers.

Bosnia Tries Ex-Fighters for Crimes Against Humanity in Konjic

Prosecutor Marijana Cobovic told the Bosnian state court at the start of the trial on Wednesday that the 14 defendants were responsible for the murders, detentions, rape, torture and mistreatment of the Serb population in Konjic, as well as burning their property and the local Orthodox church.

Huge challenges for next Archbishop of America after Demetrios’ resignation

By George Gilson

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios of America assumed his position as a result of a revolt in the body of the Church and he is now stepping down largely as the result of a major financial scandal that has rocked the nearly bankrupted the Archdiocese and scandalised the flock.

In Jerusalem, Romania's minister Intotero discusses developing bilateral co-operation with local administration

AGERPRES special correspondent Catalina Matei reports: Developing co-operation between the Romanian and Israeli nations was the main topic of discussion held in Jerusalem on Tuesday as part of a visit by the Minister for Romanians Abroad, Natalia Intotero, along with an official retinue, at the Jerusalem City Hall.

Ecumenical Patriarchate responds to Moscow’s attacks, challenge to primacy

By George Gilson

The Ecumenical Patriarchate's decision to cede Autocephaly to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, effectively granting it self-rule and independence from the Moscow Patriarchate, has rocked the entire Eastern Orthodox Church threatening it with schism. Moscow has already broken communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate (its bishops, priests, and finally lay people).

Cyprus Orthodox Church backs Ukrainian church's independence

Cyprus' Orthodox Church says it supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's right to independence that was granted by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople last month, aiming to heal its divisions.
The Holy Synod also said Wednesday, however, that Patriarch Bartholomew should take into account the "sensitivities" of Russians whose roots in the faith are found in Ukraine.

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