Don`t let Muslim migrants in, says Bulgaria`s Orthodox Church

 Bulgaria`s Orthodox Church has called on its government not to let any more Muslim refugees into the country to prevent an "invasion".

Orthodox Church construction drive stirs anger in Russia

In Moscow, a sprawling city with highly-prized green spaces, hundreds of locals are up in arms to defend a park against what they claim is an illegal landgrab by Russia`s powerful Orthodox Church.

Thousands march in US capital against gay marriage

Several thousand people including religious leaders marched in Washington against same-sex marriage as the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the deeply divisive issue in the coming days.

Greek PM, Orthodox leader mull using Church assets to ease debt

Greece`s radical left Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced Thursday the start of a "dialogue" with the powerful Orthodox Church on using clerical assets to boost the struggling state coffers.

Atheist Greek PM in tense meeting with Russian patriarch

Greece`s avowedly atheist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held a tense meeting with the powerful head of Russia`s Orthodox Church on Thursday as he wrapped up a trip aimed at closer relations with Moscow.

Church leader warns Russian lawmakers against Western `pseudo values`

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church on Thursday delivered a historic first address to parliament in which he urged lawmakers to guard against Western "pseudo values".

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.