Orthodox Church

  • 21 Sep 2009

    The leader of Orthodox Christians in Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, has declared that his diocese is breaking with the Patriarchate of Georgia in defiance of the Moscow Patriarchate.

  • 21 Jul 2009

    Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I has called for the creation of a churches' umbrella body in Europe to include Catholics alongside Anglicans, Orthodox and Protestants.

  • 26 Feb 2009

    Metropolitan Jonah, the new head of the Orthodox Church in America, says he "laughs off" any comparison made between himself and US President Barack Obama as a reformer and agent of change.

  • 4 Jul 2008

    Pope Benedict XVI and the Orthodox ecumenical patriarch Bartholemew are seeking to put differences aside in order to encourage a growing global vision of Christian unity in a divided world, using St Paul as an exemplar.

  • 30 Jun 2008

    Women in the Orthodox Church have reached significant milestones regarding their participation in church life, but many of their concerns have not yet been fully addressed, an international gathering of Orthodox women has stated.

  • 22 Jun 2008

    The Romanian Orthodox Church has condemned the formation of a trade union among its clergy, and has said that priests should follow church procedures in making demands and airing grievances. But the workers involved disagree.

  • 17 May 2008

    The leader of the Armenian Apostolic Church, visiting Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, has spoken of the "genocide" suffered by his compatriots in the Ottoman empire, and said that those with power should ensure that justice prevails.

  • 10 Mar 2008

    Russia's president-elect, Dmitry Medvedev, Vladimir Putin's handpicked successor, can count on support from his country's religious organizations which have congratulated him after his landslide victory in the recent elections.

  • 16 Nov 2007

    A world church leader has responded with "strong disappointment and shock" to what he says is the unlawful recent destruction of an historic Orthodox Christian Church by eight officials of a local Ministry of Forestry in Turkey.

  • 6 Sep 2007

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos I, seen by many of the world's Orthodox Christians as their spiritual leader, has issued a warning saying climate change, which threatens the survival of humanity, needs to be dealt with immediately.