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Differences over arcane church issues are preventing Orthodox churches getting together to discuss common issues and speak with one voice on major topics.
In their first full meeting, Pope Benedict XVI and President Dmitry Medvedev have expressed their desire to strengthen bilateral relations.
The Russian Orthodox Church has ruled that hierarchs (church leaders) and clergy are able to run for political office in exceptional cases.
Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill I has denounced a terrorist attack at Moscow’s busiest airport as "the horrifying scowl of sin, and a barbaric distortion of human nature."
A fresco of Christ on the Kremlin Wall in Moscow rediscovered after being plastered over after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution has been presented to the Russian Orthodox Church.
In the heat and drought that has gripped Russia for two months, an Orthodox archbishop has condemned retailers for profiteering from extreme conditions.
The General Secretary of the WCC says the ecumenical body cannot take a stance on issues of sexuality and women's ordination, because of the different views among its members churches.
The WCC General Secretary and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia have met in Moscow to discuss the relationship of the Orthodox to the churches globally.
World Council of Churches' General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit will pay an official visit to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, from 27-29 June.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I of Constantinople has left Russia after a 10-day visit praised by his hosts for strengthening relations with the Russian Orthodox Church.