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  • 24 November 2011, 15:51 | World news | 

    Belarusian Christians Sue Minsk Police

    Christian organizations in Minsk filed a lawsuit today against police in connection with the violent dispersal on November 22 of Christians gathered in the Belarusian capital's October Square, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

  • 23 November 2011, 15:37 | Conferences, seminars, researches | 

    Churches of Central and Eastern Europe share experiences in social services to needy

    An international interdenominational conference "Churches in the Service to the Needy: Possibilities of Cooperation with Secular Organizations" was held in J. Rau Minsk International Education Center (Belarus) from November 16 to 19, 2011, reports the Institute for Religious Freedom.

  • 17 November 2011, 09:06 | World news | 

    Pope Approves US Anglican Ordinariate Launch For Jan. 1

    Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl announced yesterday that an Anglican ordinariate in the United States will be canonically erected on Jan. 1, 2012, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

  • 2 November 2011, 12:37 | World news | 

    Pope prays for Eastern Catholic Churches in November

    The Pope's general prayer intention for November is: “That the Eastern Catholic Churches and their venerable traditions may be known and esteemed as a spiritual treasure for the whole Church.”

  • 7 October 2011, 15:13 | Vatican | 

    Vatican daily remembers Steve Jobs as 'visionary' of technology and art

    The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano remembered Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, as a “visionary who united technology and art.”

  • 4 October 2011, 12:55 | Vatican | 

    The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers has launched a Web site

    The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers has launched a Web site at

  • 30 September 2011, 13:37 | World news | 

    Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev meets with Pope

    Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the chief ecumenical-affairs officer of the Russian Orthodox Church, met with Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo on September 29.

  • 22 September 2011, 09:07 | World news | 

    German pope faces toughest visit to skeptical homeland

  • 14 September 2011, 17:12 | World news | 

    OSCE conference warns of growing intolerance against Europe’s Christians

    European and Christian officials have warned that hate crimes, attacks and intolerance against Christians in Europe were on the rise and could lead to social instability in some areas. “The climate of fear and suspicion caused by hate crimes has the potential to create insecurity within and between communities …” Janez Lenarcic, an official of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), told a conference in Rome on Monday.

  • 22 August 2011, 10:57 | World news | 

    Benedict XVI to Youth: See You In Rio De Janeiro

    A delegation of young Brazilians present at Cuatro Vientos in Madrid erupted with applause at Benedict XVI's official announcement that the next World Youth Day would take place in their country in 2013, Zenit informs.

  • 16 August 2011, 11:17 | World news | 

    Moscow and Jerusalem Patriarchates on verge of conflict

    The Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has jurisdiction over the Holy Land, on July 31 made public explanations regarding publications on the websites of the Russian Church Mission in Jerusalem and the Moscow Patriarchate as to the construction of the so-called Russian Pilgrimage Center in the Jordan Valley to the east of the place of Baptism of the Lord.

  • 15 August 2011, 10:14 | World news | 

    Pope offers special indulgence to World Youth Day pilgrims

    Pope Benedict XVI has declared that pilgrims to World Youth Day in Madrid will be able to obtain a special indulgence while attending the event.

  • 11 August 2011, 13:05 | World news | 

    World Youth Day To Begin in 5 Days in Madrid

    Through the World Youth Day (WYD )experience, young people from throughout the world will make a pilgrimage in faith, meet one another, and experience hospitality and the love of God.

  • 9 August 2011, 11:02 | World news | 

    World Youth Day to provide $143 million boost to Spanish economy

    The head of Madrid’s Housing and Economy Office, Percival Manglano, confirmed Aug. 2 that World Youth Day is expected to bring $143 million into the Spanish economy.

  • 8 August 2011, 13:23 | UGCC | 

    Patriarch Sviatoslav Installs Apostolic Exarch for Greek Catholic Ukrainians in Great Britain

    The installation of the fifth Apostolic Exarch for Greek Catholic Ukrainians of Great Britain, Bishop Hlib (Lonchyna), was administered on August 2 before the hierarchical Divine Service in the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile in London.

  • 2 August 2011, 15:02 | World news | 

    Bombers target churches in northern Iraq

    A car bomb exploded near a Catholic Church in northern Iraq on Tuesday, injuring at least 16 people in part of a coordinated attack on Christian places of worship in the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, a senior police official said, Reuters report.

  • 27 July 2011, 11:14 | Islam | 

    Ukrainian Muslims condole with the victims of terrorist attacks in Norway

    The All-Ukrainian Association of Social Organisations Alraid and Religious Directorate of Muslims of Ukraine Ummah express their strong condemnation for the horrific attacks witnessed by Norway on Friday, 22 July, which led to the loss of so many innocent lives, and brought wide scale terror, damage and destruction.

  • 4 July 2011, 15:35 | World news | 

    PACE sees future of European community in cultural and religious diversity

    In its Recommendation 1975, adopted on June 22, 2011, the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly calls on representatives of the religions “to contribute, when appropriate, to the debates on common values, common heritage, protection of religious freedom, respect for human rights and democratic citizenship, the fight against terrorism, xenophobia and intolerance,” the Institute for Religious Freedom reports.

  • 25 May 2011, 13:27 | World news | 

    Patriarch Kirill Calls USSR 'Great Country' Disintegrated Due to Loss of Spiritual Roots

    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow called to remember one’s spiritual, cultural and historic roots, and called the Soviet Union a great country, which disintegrated in a few days due to the destruction of these roots.

  • 4 May 2011, 16:23 | Orthodox world | 

    Russian Church Responds To Osama's Death

    The elimination of the 'number one terrorist' does not solve the terror problem, said Archpriest Georgy Roschin, deputy head of the Russian Orthodox Church Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations.