VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” Pope Francis told the Israeli and Palestinian presidents. “It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict, yes to dialogue and no to violence.”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The 74-year-old patriarch from Turkey and the 77-year-old Argentinian pontiff come from opposite sides of the globe, but the two have established a strong personal connection
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Despite cordial meetings between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during the pontiff’s visit to Jerusalem, the Vatican has rejected media reports that a 2025 event had been confirmed.
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Pope Francis travels to Jerusalem later this month to meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I, head of the Eastern Orthodox Church. But many hope his off-script message might revive moribund peace talks.
MOSCOW (RNS) Both the Kremlin and the Moscow Patriarchate have been positioning Russia as a moral bastion in contrast to Europe and the United States.
(RNS) A year and a half after unveiling a slip of papyrus that she dubbed the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” Harvard Bible scholar Karen King has released the results of long-delayed testing on the controversial fragment that appear to show it is not a modern forgery. But a host of questions remain.
(RNS) The protests that toppled Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych also a galvanized a religious awakening and may lead to a seismic shift in church-state relations.
KIEV, Ukraine (RNS) Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov is neither Ukrainian Orthodox nor Eastern Rite Catholic, and that may be the key to his success at a time when fissures between East and West are threatening to split the country, analysts say.