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Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, addresses Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 6, 2022.

What’s the future of Catholic-Russian Orthodox relations?

May 9, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis appears to have burned ecumenical bridges with Moscow. Vatican Cardinal Kurt Koch is seeking to rebuild them. Read more

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

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill: Who could host their 2nd summit?

Apr 27, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A meeting is off for now, but where could the two men eventually meet? 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

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki with Bartholomew I of Constantinople in Warsaw, Poland, on March 29, 2022.

Orthodox leader and Polish Catholic archbishop pray for peace in Ukraine

Mar 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Patriarch Bartholomew I is visiting Poland to offer his blessing to Ukrainian refugees. 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

Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk, Latin Rite bishop of Kharkiv-Zaporizhia, Ukraine.

Ukrainian Catholic bishop is sheltering with Orthodox counterpart in besieged city, says charity

Mar 1, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I wish for this war to end as quickly as possible,’ Bishop Pavlo Honcharuk said. Read more

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

Pope Francis’ second summit with Russian Orthodox patriarch could be held in June-July

Feb 18, 2022

By CNA Staff

Aleksandr Avdeyev said: ‘The place hasn’t been chosen yet.’ Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021.

Holy Land’s Catholic bishops invite Orthodox leaders to contribute to synodal path

Jan 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

They invited their counterparts to share their ‘wisdom and experience.’ Read more

St. Irenaeus depicted in the apse of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

How St. Irenaeus helped save the early Church from schism

Jan 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has proclaimed the saint a Doctor of the Church. Read more

Pope Francis meets with ecumenical delegation from Finland on Jan. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis looks ahead to the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicaea in 2025

Jan 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis highlighted the upcoming anniversaries of two major events in Church history as moments that can help Christians seek... Read more

Pope Francis addresses Orthodox bishops in the Orthodox Cathedral in Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec. 3, 2021.

Pope Francis to Orthodox bishops in Cyprus: Let us seek full unity

Dec 3, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope urged Catholics and Orthodox Christians to seek ‘ever greater fraternity.’ 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

Archbishop Elpidophoros addresses the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at their fall assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 16, 2021.

Orthodox archbishop makes historic address to USCCB assembly

Nov 17, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, spoke of a “dialogue... 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

A stained-glass window by Lucien Bégule depicting St. Irenaeus at the Church of St, Irenaeus in Lyon, France.

Pope Francis to declare St. Irenaeus a Doctor of the Church with title ‘Doctor of Unity’

Oct 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

St. Irenaeus is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians. Read more

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople outside the Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli Oct. 20, 2020.

Pope Francis tells Orthodox leader: I am confident we will achieve full unity

Nov 30, 2020

Pope Francis told the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Monday that he is confident that Catholics and Orthodox Christians will attain... Read more

Pope Francis gave the Sunday Angelus address and blessing to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on June 21, 2020.

Pope Francis greets Orthodox patriarch after coronavirus cancels annual visit

Jun 29, 2020

Pope Francis extended a special greeting to the Patriarch Bartholomew, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and head of the Orthodox... Read more