Eastern Orthodox Church

FILE - In this April 16, 2017 file photo, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pierbattista Pizzaballa, center, walks with Christian clergymen on Easter Sunday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem. In a joint statement, the leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem said Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, that they are closing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for several hours to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties. The churches responsible for the site bemoaned a "systematic campaign of abuse" against them that they compared to anti-Jewish laws issued in Nazi Germany. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
February 25, 2018 - 2:26 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties. The Christian leaders responsible for...
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Nicolaos Solis from Greece kisses the wooden cross which was thrown into the waters by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Epiphany ceremony to bless the waters at the Golden Horn in Istanbul, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
January 06, 2018 - 5:27 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Epiphany observances Christians in many parts of the world are holding: (all times local): 11:20 p.m. Unusually cold temperatures in Florida from a monster winter storm didn't dissuade more than 50 boys from making their annual plunge in a bayou as part of the...
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Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Epiphany Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
January 06, 2018 - 9:05 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one's whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist "inclinations toward arrogance, the thirst for power and for riches." During a homily at Mass in St. Peter's...
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December 27, 2017 - 12:38 pm
ZAITSEVE, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and Russian-backed separatist rebels conducted a massive prisoner exchange Wednesday, the largest such trade of captives since the start of the conflict and a sign of visible progress in the implementation of a 2015 peace deal. Separatists from the...
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FILE- In this Aug. 10, 2017 file photo, a construction worker walks in front of the St. Nicholas National Shrine in New York. Work on the Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza has been temporarily suspended by the construction company. It comes amid financial difficulties and questions over how funds have been managed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 27, 2017 - 2:34 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Construction has been temporarily suspended on a Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks. A statement on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America says the stoppage was ordered by the construction company. Construction company Skanska USA said Tuesday...
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FILE- In this Aug. 10, 2017 file photo, a construction worker walks in front of the St. Nicholas National Shrine in New York. Work on the Greek Orthodox church destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza has been temporarily suspended by the construction company. It comes amid financial difficulties and questions over how funds have been managed. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 26, 2017 - 7:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Construction on a Greek Orthodox church to replace one that was crushed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been temporarily suspended amid rising costs and questions over how donations have been managed. The St. Nicholas National Shrine next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza was to...
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December 25, 2017 - 4:30 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian authorities and separatist rebels have agreed on a major prisoner exchange. Separatist leaders and a Ukrainian government representative said in televised comments on Monday that they would exchange prisoners on Wednesday. They spoke after a meeting in Moscow mediated by the...
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In this undated video grab provided by the RU-RTR Russian television via APTN in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) operatives detain a suspected member of the Islamic State group's cell in St. Petersburg, Russia. The FSB said Friday the suspects were plotting a suicide bombing and a series of other explosions in the city's busiest areas this coming weekend. (Russian Federal Security ServiceAP video via AP)
December 17, 2017 - 3:55 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin said. During the call, the two leaders' second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the CIA...
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Orthodox protesters hold portraits and icons of of Russia's last czar, Nicholas II, as they protest the release of the movie "Matilda," outside the Mariinsky Theatre in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. About 20 Orthodox believers have sung prayers to protest the release of a movie about the last Russian czar’s affair with a ballerina. They gathered outside the Mariinsky Theater where “Matilda” was shown Monday to a selected audience ahead of its release this week. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
October 23, 2017 - 1:50 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — About 20 Orthodox believers in Russia have sung prayers to protest the release of a movie about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina. They gathered outside the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, where "Matilda" was shown Monday to a selected audience ahead...
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September 19, 2017 - 9:08 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The new statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov cradling his signature AK-47 assault rifle unveiled Tuesday in Moscow commemorates one of Russia's most renowned and reviled inventions. By some estimates, the AK-47 and its versions account for about one-fifth of the world's firearms, the rugged...
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