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  • 19 July 2017, 17:49 | World news

    Russia Jehovah's Witnesses banned after they lose appeal

    The group's Russia spokesman, Yaroslav Sivulsky, said that "religious freedom in Russia is over".

  • 6 July 2017, 12:54 | World news | 

    Joaquin Navarro-Valls, longtime Vatican spokesman, dead at 80

    Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the chief public spokesman during the pontificate of St. John Paul II, has died at the age of 80.

  • 28 April 2017, 12:24 | World news

    Ecumenical Patriarch speaks on role of religion in world peace

    Protecting human freedom and dignity is a vital contribution to peace-building by religious communities, said Ecumenical Patriarch His All-Holiness Bartholomew I as he spoke at the Al-Azhar International Peace Conference on 27-28 April in Egypt.

  • 23 April 2017, 08:53 | World news

    Patriarch Bartholomew will be in Egypt with Pope Francis

    The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will be in Cairo on April 28 and 29, upon invitation of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Mosque, Cheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, during the same days of Pope Francis' visits.

  • 24 March 2017, 10:41 | World news

    Russia suspends Jehovah’s Witnesses over extremism

    The Russian Ministry of Justice has suspended the activities of the religious organization calling itself Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses “due to its extremist activities”.

  • 23 March 2017, 12:00 | World news

    Bishop of the Russian Church compares Russia airbase in Syria to a monastery

    "The situation is interesting in spiritual sense, it reminds of a big convent without Internet, television and almost without a telephone. All servicemen are involved in sport activities, they have a great demand in reading," the hierarch said in his interview with the Pobeda radio.

  • 22 March 2017, 14:15 | Ecumenical Patriarchate

    Patriarch Bartholomew in Taizé Tuesday, 25 April

    A few days after Easter, the Taizé Community will welcome a very special visitor. For the first time, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will visit for a few hours on Tuesday, 25 April. The pilgrimage to Taizé by the Ecumenical Patriarch will conclude his pastoral visit to Switzerland on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Orthodox centre of Chambésy.

  • 9 March 2017, 10:16 | World news

    Holy See calls for respect of religious freedom

    The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva called on participants to recognize religious freedom as a fundamental human right.

  • 14 February 2017, 10:38 | World news | 

    Priest arrested in plot to poison head of Georgian church

    Police in Georgia have detained a high-profile priest who is suspected of plotting to poison a senior cleric, prosecutors said on Monday.

  • 16 January 2017, 12:37 | World news | 

    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    The 2017 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation, the theme: "Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us" (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen.

  • 14 December 2016, 10:25 | World news | 

    Association of Muslims of Ukraine urges politicians of the world to stop the killing of civilians in Aleppo

    Head of the “Association of Muslims of Ukraine” Suleiman (Elimdar) Hayrullayev urged Muslims to pray for the salvation of the victims of the humanitarian catastrophe evolving in Aleppo (Aleppo) in Syria.

  • 14 December 2016, 09:29 | World news | 

    Pope Francis sends letter to Syrian President Assad

    Pope Francis has sent a letter to the President of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, through Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria, appealing for "an end to the violence and the peaceful resolution of hostilities" in the country.

  • 30 September 2016, 12:21 | World news | 

    Pope Francis arrives in Georgia at start of visit to Caucasus

    Pope Francis has arrived in Georgia at the start of a three day trip to the Caucasus which will also take him Sunday for a brief visit to Azerbaijan.

  • 2 September 2016, 12:21 | World news | 

    Mother Teresa to be canonized September 4

    Mother Teresa was already widely revered as a saint during her lifetime for her charity work on behalf of the poor, the sick and dying, initially in India and then in many other countries around the around.

  • 26 July 2016, 12:47 | World news | 

    Two church attackers killed, one hostage is dead in France

    Two men armed with blades took several people hostage in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy region

  • 13 July 2016, 11:22 | Vatican | 

    Program of Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan released

    In autumn Pope Francis will complement his visit to the Caucasus, which started in late June with a visit to Armenia, with the Apostolic trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, which will continue from September 30 to October 2, 2016. The Vatican released the official program of this trip.

  • 24 June 2016, 11:35 | World news | 

    Pope Francis started his visit to Armenia

  • 26 May 2016, 10:32 | World news | 

    Putin and Patriarch Kirill go to Mount Athos

    Vladimir Putin will get a ceremonial welcome in the administrative center of Mount Athos Protoepistat Paulos Lavriotes of the Holy Mountain Athos will say a greeting speech.

  • 21 March 2016, 10:44 | World news | 

    Pope May Visit Armenia in June, Vatican Says

    The Vatican is studying the possibility of Pope Francis visiting Armenia in late June, the Vatican spokesman said.

  • 11 March 2016, 10:11 | Charity, social service | 

    “Church in Need” announced Lenten campaign to support priests of the persecuted Church

    During this year’s Lent, the charitable Catholicassociation of pontifical right “Aid to the Church in Need” has once again organized a campaign to support priests of the persecuted Church, which provides for the collection of prayer intentions at the Divine Service.