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Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I in Greece. April 16, 2016.

Pope Francis explains decision to give relics of St. Peter to Orthodox

In a letter to Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis has explained the unexpected gifting of a relic of St.... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Our Father with Daniel, Orthodox Patriarch of Romania, in the Romanian Orthodox new cathedral in Bucharest, May 31, 2019.

Francis emphasizes Christian unity in prayer with Romanian Orthodox

In a meeting with the Romanian Orthodox in their new cathedral in Bucharest Friday, Pope Francis prayed for the union... Read more

Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Vatican, June 10, 2015.

Russians hacked Catholic, Orthodox clergy amid Ukrainian push for autocephaly

Russian hackers infiltrated the email inboxes of Orthodox, Catholic, and other religious leaders connected to Ukraine amid conflict between Kyiv... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Metropolitan Ratislav, Archbishop of Prešov, at the Vatican, May 11, 2018.

Francis: Catholics and Eastern Orthodox have a common 'heritage of holiness'

In a meeting with the leader of the Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church Friday, Pope Francis recalled two of the... Read more

Pope Francis to meet with head of Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church

Pope Francis and the primate of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, His Beatitude Metropolitan Rastislav, will... Read more

The Church of the Savior on Blood in Saint Petersburg.

Why Cardinal Parolin's trip to Russia matters

The Vatican Secretary of State's visit to Russia later this month comes at a crucial juncture for the country, and... Read more

A Russian icon of St. Nicholas, c. 1500.

Can relics unite Catholics and Orthodox? Pope Francis thinks so.

Common veneration of relics is one of the tools Pope Francis is using to foster ecumenical relations with the Eastern... Read more

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I in Greece, April 16, 2016.

Francis appeals to the martyrs in ecumenical message to Patriarch

The Bishop of Rome sent a message to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on Wednesday, continuing a recent tradition of... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass Feb. 2, 2015.

Pope invites Georgian Orthodox to unity through baptism

Speaking to Georgia's religious and civil authorities on Saturday, Pope Francis affirmed the country's Christian identity, and called the Georgian... Read more

Georgian Orthodox protestors line the streets of Tbilisi on Pope Francis' arrival to Georgia, Sept. 30, 2016.

In Georgia visit, Pope finds a country of Christian tensions

Pope Francis on his visit to Georgia will find a country where dialogue among Christians is particularly difficult, with cool... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Ilia II, the Georgian Orthodox Catholicos and Patriarch of All Georgia, in Tbilisi, Sept. 30, 2016.

Pope Francis to Georgian Orthodox: Christ's love unites us

God's love and our unity in Christ are what enable us to overcome conflict and disagreement, and to spread the... Read more

Members of the commission for dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches outside the shrine of the Holy Face in Manoppello, Italy, Sept. 18, 2016.

Catholics, Orthodox sign agreement on synodality and primacy

At an ecumenical gathering held this week, representatives of the Catholic and Orthodox Churches signed a joint document regarding synodality... Read more

Khalid Jabara, an Orthodox Christian of Lebanese descent who was killed Aug. 12, 2016.

In Arab Christian's murder, some see deadly American cultural tensions

Khalid Jabara, a Lebanese-American Christian man, was killed in Tulsa, Okla. last week. His alleged assailant was a man who... Read more

Eastern Orthodox Primates gathered in Crete to prepare for the pan-Orthodox Council, June 17, 2016.

Pan-Orthodox Council still a go – spokesman for Ecumenical Patriarch

Despite last-minute defections by representatives of four Orthodox Patriarchates, a spokesman for the Ecumenical Patriarch insists that the Council of... Read more

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Can the Eastern Orthodox still hold a 'pan-Orthodox Council'?

While the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople maintains the “pan-Orthodox Council” scheduled to begin on Sunday will take place, the gathering... Read more

Refugees in Athens.

Pope Francis' visit to Greece shows a shared Christian concern for refugees

Pope Francis’ visit on Saturday with refugees in Greece will show solidarity with those in need and demonstrate a shared... Read more

Pope Francis addresses delegates of Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, at the Private Library of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, June 27, 2015.

Catholics and Orthodox should meet, cooperate more often, Pope exhorts

Greeting a delegation of the leader of Eastern Orthodoxy on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that Catholics and Eastern Orthodox... Read more

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople at the Vatican, June 8, 2014.

A new path for unity – Pope and Patriarch to face world challenges together

A common declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew on the issues of ecology and poverty would be natural is... Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I in May. Courtesy Israel Ministry of Tourism.

Papal visit to Holy Land to focus on ecumenism with Orthodox

Pope Francis' pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to be held in May, will center on his encounter with Patriarch Bartholomew... Read more