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100-year-old beggar celebrated as living saint in Bulgaria

Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014, 09:36

dy celebrated as a saint in Bulgaria -- a symbol of goodness in a country ravaged by poverty and corruption.A 100-year-old beggar in a threadbare coat, "Grandpa" Dobri, is alrea

Greek Cypriots in first gay pride parade

Last Updated: Sunday, June 01, 2014, 02:31

Nicosia held its first Greek Cypriot gay pride parade Saturday, 16 years after homosexuality was decriminalised on the Mediterranean island, where the influential Orthodox Church views non-heterosexual relations as sinful.

Russia`s Church proposes referendum on gay relationship ban

Last Updated: Friday, January 10, 2014, 16:00

Russia`s powerful Orthodox Church on Friday proposed a referendum on banning gay relationships, despite Western pressure over human rights ahead of next month`s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Macedonian Orthodox Church bans Facebook for priests

Last Updated: Saturday, October 26, 2013, 09:26

Macedonia`a Orthodox Church has ordered its priests and nuns not to use Facebook or be ready to face unnamed sanctions, church officials said.

Russian Orthodox Church to give $1 mn to Syrian residents

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 13:59

The Russian Orthodox Church is preparing to give over 1.3 million US dollars to residents of Syrian cities, spokesman of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Ministry Vasily Rulinsky said.

Stay away from Internet, Russian church leader tells monks

Last Updated: Saturday, June 08, 2013, 15:41

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has urged monks to turn their backs on the internet, in order to protect themselves from online temptations.

Orthodox Church leader to attend Pope inauguration

Last Updated: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 08:49

A Constantinople patriarch will attend Pope Francis`s inaugural mass for the first time since the Great Schism between the Western and Eastern churches, Vatican Radio said.

Russian patriarch against electronic orthodox encyclopaedia

Last Updated: Saturday, March 02, 2013, 10:48

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has spoken out against spending money on an electronic version of the orthodox encyclopaedia series.

Syria-based Orthodox patriarch dead at 92

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 05, 2012, 19:06

The patriarch of a Damascus-based Eastern Orthodox Church, Ignatius Hazim, has died in a Beirut hospital. He was 92.

Egyptian Orthodox Church withdraws from constituent assembly

Last Updated: Saturday, November 17, 2012, 22:26

The final decision of the churches was expected when after the new Pope is ordained tomorrow morning.

Russian church urges Pussy Riot members to repent

Last Updated: Sunday, September 30, 2012, 18:16

The church said that if the women make statements showing "penitence and reconsideration of their action," they "shouldn`t be left unnoticed."

Cross-chopping topless activist flees Ukraine

Last Updated: Thursday, September 06, 2012, 08:45

A member of Ukrainian feminist group, Femen, had cut down a wooden crucifix while being topless in Kiev in support of Pussy Riot.