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Pope Francis meets with a delegation of priests and monks from Oriental Orthodox Churches at the Vatican on June 3, 2022.

Pope Francis to Oriental Orthodox priests: ‘Unity does not come about by standing still’

Jun 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis met with a delegation of priests and monks from Oriental Orthodox Churches. Read more

Saint Macarius Monastery in Egypt's Beheira governorate, November 2010.

Former Coptic Orthodox monk hanged for bishop's murder

May 10, 2021

Wael Saad, a former monk of the Coptic Orthodox Church, was executed on Sunday for the 2018 murder of Bishop... Read more

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as 'saints of all Christians'

Feb 15, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them... Read more

The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum, Ethiopia. Credit: Jialiang Gao via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Hundreds reportedly dead after massacre at Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia

Jan 20, 2021

By CNA Staff

At least 750 people are reported dead after an attack on an Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according... Read more

Pope Francis with Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, in Cairo, April 28, 2017.

Bishop's murder draws attention to tensions in Coptic Orthodox Church

Aug 20, 2018

Last month's murder of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery in the Egyptian desert, has highlighted tension in... Read more

Pope Francis with Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria, in Cairo, Egypt, April 28, 2017.

Let's continue to grow in unity, Francis urges Coptic Orthodox patriarch

May 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Following his trip to Egypt last month, Pope Francis sent a message Wednesday to the head of the Coptic Orthodox... Read more

The Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs in Gyumri.

Is Pope Francis' Armenia visit another step toward Christian unity?

Jun 23, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ visit to Armenia is a chance to build on decades of productive ecumenical dialogue with the Armenian Apostolic... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 27, 2016.

We have a common witness, Pope Francis tells Coptic Orthodox patriarch

May 10, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis on Tuesday sent a message to Tawadros II to mark the “day of friendship” between Catholics and the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks with Ignatius Aphrem II, Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, at the Vatican, June 19, 2015.

In Middle East martyrdoms, Pope Francis sees seeds of Christian unity

Jun 20, 2015

Meeting with Syriac Orthodox leaders on Friday, Pope Francis decried the continuing martyrdom of Middle East Christians, and gave special... Read more

Pope Francis says the Mass of Palm Sunday at St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2014.

The ecumenism of martyrdom: Pope Francis' way

May 8, 2014

Martyrdom is a call to Church unity, Pope Francis observed to the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, signalling his... Read more