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Intercontinental ballistic missile Topol-M exhibited at the annual Victory day Parade dress rehearsal on May 6, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.

Russian Orthodox Church considers ending blessings for nuclear weapons

The Russian Orthodox Church is debating an end to the practice of blessing large scale weapons, including nuclear missiles.   Read more

Parolin, Kirill: we have reached a 'new stage' in Church relations

After a joint meeting during Cardinal Pietro Parolin's visit to Russia this week, both he and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

The Pope and the Russian Orthodox Patriarch met a year ago. Here's what's next.

One year ago marked a historic first meeting between a Pope and a Russian Orthodox Patriarch.  Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

'We are brothers' – Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill hold historic meeting

Christian brotherhood and unity were the focus of Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill when they met on Friday... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill.

Full text of joint declaration signed by Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill

In a historic first, Pope Francis on Friday met with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.  Read more

Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Four reasons why Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Kirill

The first, historic meeting between a Pope and a Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church does not come from nowhere.... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014.

Pope appeals for 'martyred country' of Syria

The plight of Syrian civilians involved in the nation's ongoing conflict was at the heart of Pope Francis' appeal to... Read more

An Iranian soldier standing guard with an AK-47.

AK-47 designer felt 'unbearable' pain for rifle deaths

According to a Russian daily, Mikhail Kalashnikov wrote a letter more than six months before his death expressing repentance for... Read more