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Orthodox Christianity bordering on a 'Great Schism,' but crisis can be resolved – Russian Church

The current situation within Orthodox Christianity resembles the Great Schism that divided Catholics and Orthodox Christians, a spokesman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Holy Synod said, noting that the rift can still be healed. “The situation is very much closer to the 11th century” than it is to any period of minor disagreements between the Orthodox Churches, Dr. Vladimir Legoida, the ...

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Constantinople lost the right to be called the heart of Orthodox faith, says Russian Church

By recognizing the independence of Ukrainian Orthodox сhurches from the Moscow Patriarchate, Constantinople lost the right to be called the heart of Orthodox faith, says the Russian Church’s public relations chief. Speaking on Russian TV, Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church’s External Relations Department, said the Constantinople Patriarchate’s recognition of breakaway Ukrainian churches and the subsequent schism ...

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Ukrainian radicals storm church, several injured – report

Radical nationalists have reportedly seized a church in western Ukraine, beating the faithful in the process. The violence comes amid expectations of a schism-threatening acknowledgement of an independent church in Ukraine. According to a statement published on the website of the Moscow-subordinate canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, a group of Ukrainian radical nationalists seized by force a church located in the ...

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Biggest rift in modern Orthodox history? Russian Church won’t work w/ Constantinople-chaired bodies

Published time: 14 Sep, 2018 14:44 Edited time: 14 Sep, 2018 14:58 The Russian Orthodox Church is ending its participation in any structures chaired by the Constantinople Patriarchate, the Holy Synod said, as Constantinople plans to recognize the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. Read more “We have decided to suspend joint performance of church services with the hierarchs of ...

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German Catholic Church abused thousands of children, rape in every 6th case – leaked study

An explosive report on Catholic child sex abuse in Germany has been leaked by two leading German news outlets, revealing that as many as 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014. Spiegel Online and Die Zeit said the report they obtained concluded that the majority of victims were boys aged 13 or younger, 969 of whom were ...

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Recognizing Ukrainian Church would bring schism to Orthodox Christianity – Moscow

Russian clergy have urged the Patriarch of Constantinople against establishing an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, warning it will result in “dramatic deterioration” of situation in Ukraine as regular worshippers oppose it. “The president of that country has said that, since Ukraine is an independent state, the church should be independent as well. However, ordinary believers do not want the unity ...

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Russian Orthodox Church will ‘cut ties’ with Constantinople if it makes Ukrainian Church independent

The Russian Orthodox Church will break all relations with the Constantinople Patriarchate if it grants independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which is still a part of the Moscow Patriarchate, a senior Russian cleric said. The Constantinople Patriarch’s decision to send two of his high representatives to Kiev has provoked angry reaction in the Moscow Patriarchate that considered the move ...

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Swiss bishops must report sex abuse regardless of victims wishes, say church chiefs

Bishops in Switzerland are being ordered to report suspicions of sexual abuse as the country’s highest co-ordinating body of the Roman Catholic Church aims to eradicate crimes that have plagued the religion for decades. The Swiss Bishops Conference, the first of its kind in the world, has pledged to help hunt down perpetrators of abuse in the church by making ...

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Russian lawmakers seek to fast track anti-vandalism bill after ‘Satanic’ church arson

A senior member of the Lower House Committee for Culture has urged her colleagues to speed up the work on anti-vandalism bill after several incidents including a reportedly Satanism-related church fire. “The committee has done all that it should. We have written an expert assessment of the bill and now, so to say, wait for the bill to be put ...

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Teenage ‘devil worshipper’ suspected of burning down unique wooden church in Russia

A historic 18th century church has burned to the ground in Russia’s Republic of Karelia, after being deliberately set on fire. A teenager, referred to by some locals as a devil worshipper, is suspected of the arson. The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, built in 1774 on a picturesque lakeshore in the town of Kondopoga in northwestern Russia, ...

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