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July 24, 2020
Istanbul's Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque for Muslim prayers
Fulfilling a dream of his Islamic-oriented youth, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joined hundreds of worshipers Friday ...
July 11, 2020
Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque
The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared ...
July 07, 2020
Russian court fines coronavirus-denying rebel monk
A Russian court on Tuesday fined a coronavirus-denying monk who has challenged Kremlin lockdown orders for spreading false ...
July 03, 2020
Russian Orthodox Church defrocks coronavirus-denying monk
The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defrocked a coronavirus-denying monk who has defied Kremlin lockdown orders and taken ...
June 25, 2020
Dozens detained after pro-Serb protests in Montenegro
Montenegrin police have detained dozens of people after seven officers were injured in clashes with pro-Serb opposition ...
June 06, 2020
Russian Orthodox priest tends to Moscow's COVID-19 patients
The Rev. Vasily Gelevan bends over a COVID-19 patient at her apartment to administer Holy Communion and say words of comfort ...
May 31, 2020
With masks and gloves, Ukraine's priests return to duties
Wearing a white biohazard suit, a face shield and a blue mask over his mouth and nose, the Rev. Yaroslav Rokhman is hard to ...
May 28, 2020
AP PHOTOS: Romanian port city marks Easter late due to virus
Stretching the church calendar, Orthodox Easter arrived over a month late in a Romanian city on the shores of the Black Sea.
May 26, 2020
Serbia criticizes Montenegro for keeping border ban on Serbs
Montenegro, the first European country to declare itself free of the coronavirus, plans to open its borders to citizens of ...
May 14, 2020
Montenegro: Dozens detained in clashes over priests' arrests
Montenegrin police said Thursday they have detained around 60 people following clashes at protests demanding the release of ...
May 13, 2020
The Latest: Priests detained after religious gathering
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, ...
April 19, 2020
Orthodox churches empty for Easter amid pandemic
Orthodox priests in much of Europe held Easter services in churches empty of parishoners because of restrictions imposed to ...
April 17, 2020
Lockdown weighs heavily on Orthodox Christians during Easter
For Orthodox Christians, this is normally a time of reflection and mourning followed by joyful release, of centuries-old ...
April 06, 2020
Israeli leader announces lockdown over Passover holiday
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday a complete lockdown over the upcoming Passover holiday to ...
February 28, 2020
Stolen hearse carrying casket recovered after freeway chase
It has all the hallmarks of an only-in-Los Angeles crime: A thief stole a hearse — with a body inside — then went on a wild ...
February 20, 2020
Looted 18th century crown returned to Ethiopia after decades
A rare and looted crown from the 18th century was returned to Ethiopia on Thursday after it was discovered in the Netherlands ...
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