VATICAN CITY (RNS) The chief impetus for the Feb. 12 meeting is the need for a joint response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. The Russian leader, Patriarch Kirill, needs to reassure his own flock that he won’t be focused on reuniting with Catholicism after a 1,000-year schism.
(RNS) “There was just time for a last minute prayer before the machinery tore in,” a British charity reported. “The pastor stood by in dignified silence, clutching the remaining cross from the Church roof.”
PARIS (RNS) Russian leaders pressured the church to change the venue after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet that strayed into its airspace.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) The attack on a Christian holy site, possibly by Jewish ultra-nationalists, seems to up the ante from previous incidents. “This time it amounts to a real call to murder Christians,” said a church spokesman.
(RNS) The Orthodox churches were supposed to be only months away from their first major council since the year 787.
(RNS) Reba Riley, a “former Evangelical Poster Child,” describes her struggle to heal from wounds inflicted by institutional Christianity in a millennial memoir of spiritual exploration.
VATICAN (RNS) The announcement of the annual prayer day is the latest move by Pope Francis to push environmental issues up the global agenda.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Friday said the international community has not done enough to find a solution to the Syrian conflict, and said the country’s Christians had been united by “the blood of the martyrs” lost in war.