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Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Vatican's Santa Marta guesthouse, June 30, 2022.

Pope Francis: Catholic-Eastern Orthodox dialogue can promote world peace

Jun 30, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Unity among Christians is a necessary step to building a world of fraternity, Pope Francis said on Thursday. Read more

Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), at a liturgy in Kyiv, May 8, 2016.

Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) declares its 'full independence'

May 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

A council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) on Friday resolved on its “full self-sufficiency and independence,” distancing the... Read more

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (L)

Pope Francis to Patriarch Kirill: Let’s be ‘true peacemakers’ for war-torn Ukraine

Apr 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope sent Easter greetings to the Russian Orthodox leader. Read more

Epiphanius I of Ukraine and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk meet on March 23, 2022.

Ukrainian Greek Catholic leader meets head of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

Mar 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

Major Archbishop Shevchuk requested the meeting with the leader of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. Read more

Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine, pictured on June 3, 2011.

Catholic theologians are standing up for Ukraine — and so are their Orthodox peers

Mar 15, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The war is exposing stark divisions within Eastern Orthodoxy. Read more

St. Sophia’s Cathedral in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

How the Ukraine conflict is reshaping relations between Churches

Mar 3, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Patriarchate of Moscow appears increasingly isolated. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis to Orthodox leader: May God prepare us to receive gift of full unity

Nov 30, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope sent the message on the feast of St. Andrew. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, pictured in 2010.

Benedict XVI marks 10th anniversary of Orthodox leader’s death

Nov 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

Metropolitan Damaskinos wrote numerous works on ecumenism. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Vatican, Oct. 4, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks God for ‘profound personal bond’ with Orthodox leader

Oct 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Orthodox leader is marking the 30th anniversary of his election. Read more

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev spoke with EWTN at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary.

What role does the Eucharist hold in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

Sep 8, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Orthodox believers are called to pursue deification, or divine qualities, according to a Russian Orthodox leader. The most powerful way... Read more

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

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

Sep 13, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

May 31, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 7, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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'

May 11, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

May 9, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

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.

Jun 21, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Nov 30, 2016

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

Oct 1, 2016

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

Sep 30, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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