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Pope Francis with Orthodox Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon on June 28, 2021.

Pope Francis: ‘The witness of growing communion between us Christians will be a sign of hope’

Jun 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis told a delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople that the witness of growing communion between Christians would... Read more

Burned car in the center of city after unrest in Odesa, Ukraine.

'Somebody is killed every day': Bishop pleads for Christians to remember Ukraine

Mar 12, 2020

By Matt Hadro

With global attention focused on the coronavirus outbreak, Ukrainian Catholic bishop has urged Christians not to forget their suffering brethren in... Read more

Cherkassy, Ukraine: an Orthrodox procession, January 2017.

Orthodox Patriarch commits to independent Ukrainian Church, snubs Moscow

Oct 11, 2018

The announcement, released Oct. 11, also removed the traditional right of the Russian Patriarch to ordain the Metropolitan of Kyiv,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halyč at the Vatican's Santa Marta guesthouse, July 3,2018.

Francis thanks Ukrainian Greek-Catholics for their 'service to Christian unity'

Jul 6, 2018

According to a release from the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, during a meeting with the Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč on Tuesday,... Read more

A prisoner receives Holy Communion at the Orthodox prison chapel in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Russian prison chaplain witnesses stories of conversion, hope

May 15, 2014

Despite its challenges, prison ministry in the Russian Federation is an important apostolate, changing lives and leading to conversions, a... Read more

Pope Francis prays Vespers to close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Jan. 25, 2014.

Pope: We must persevere in working for Christian Unity

Jan 25, 2014

Pope Francis celebrated evening prayer at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity tonight, stressing the nature... Read more


Kidnapped Syrian bishop in need of medicine

May 1, 2013

No news has emerged of the two kidnapped Orthodox bishops in Syria, more than a week since their disappearance, and... Read more

Prof. Thomas Farr.

Kidnapped bishops spur call for religious freedom promotion

Apr 24, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

The recent kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria has a former diplomat urging the U.S. government to make religious... Read more


Pope sends heartfelt condolences for Ethiopian patriarch's passing

Aug 17, 2012

The death of the head of the Ethiopian Church has garnered sympathy and sadness from Pope Benedict XVI, who praised... Read more