Russian Orthodox Church
By George Gilson
When Greek Orthodox Archbishop Athenagoras of America was elected Ecumenical Patriarch - the first among equals with a coordinating role in Eastern Orthodox Church, which is said to have 300 million faithful worldwide) - in 1948, he travelled to Istanbul, Turkey, for his enthronement on the presidential aeroplane of US President Harry Truman.
The Orthodox Church in Russia has urged women to refrain from abortions and instead give their children to church institutions.
"Give birth to the child and hand it over to us, the Church, and we will do everything we can to raise it and get it on its feet," the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said Patriarch Kirill, said in a video address.
The Holy Synod, the decision-making body of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, has removed the Metropolitan of Chalcedon, currently known as the Kadıköy district in Istanbul, over his alleged disobedience and disrespect to Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.
Russian prosecutors have launched an investigation after a monkey wearing a Nazi uniform performed at a state circus.
The show also featured goats wrapped in Nazi flags with swastikas, according to the Russian news website Znak.
The performance was part of a show at the Udmurtia Circus in the city of Izhevsk on 8 January.