Orthodox Catholic Church

Serbian Patriarch Opposes New States Having Own Churches

As the battle hots up over whether a number of countries in the region should get their own Orthodox Churches, Serbian Patriarch Irinej has written to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople warning him about the danger of introducing the principle of giving ecclesiastical independence, or autocephaly, to new states or nations.

Moldova Church Fights Measles Epidemic With Prayers

The head of Moldova's Orthodox Church, Vladimir, which is subordinated canonically to Moscow, has urged his priests in an internal memo to help deal with the current epidemic measles through special prayers.

Clergy should "serve in churches and pray for a stop to the measles epidemic and contagious disease", the Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova wrote in an internal memo.

Moldova Highly 'Vulnerable' to Russian Propaganda, Study Says

Moldova is the most exposed country in Eastern Europe to Russian propaganda, owing to the dominance of Russian-language media, the Russian orientation of the main Church, poverty and lack of trust in the political class, according to a study called "Resistance to disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe".

Romanian Muslims Cancel Grand Mosque Project

The Romanian Muftiyat, which represents Muslims in the country, has cancelled its project to build a showpiece mosque in the capital, saying the costs were too high.

The Muftiyat has filed a request to the Ministry of Culture to return the property assigned for the planned mosque to the Romanian government, Mufti Iusuf Murat said.

Ecumenical Patriarch discusses Orthodox unity, diplomacy with Greek leaders

Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios was in Athens on Monday for talks with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said to have focused on the name talks between Athens and Skopje and the continued detention of two Greek soldiers by Turkey.