Ukraine Church leader says Putin 'possessed by Satan'

 The head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church today accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being possessed by Satan -- a comment certain to outrage tens of millions of faithful in both countries.

Greek Cypriots in first gay pride parade

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

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.

Russian Orthodox Church to give $1 mn to Syrian residents

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.

Orthodox Church leader to attend Pope inauguration

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.

Cross-chopping topless activist flees Ukraine

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

Pilgrims gather in Jerusalem for fire ritual

The holy fire ritual, which has been practiced for at least 1,200 years, is particularly risky.

Farewell bid to Egypt`s Coptic Pope Shenouda

Thousands of mourners flooded into
the iconic St Mark`s Cathedral to bid farewell
Egypt`s Coptic Pope Shenouda III.