• Bulgarian church says it won’t attend historic Orthodox council

    • Jun 11, 2016

    A spokesperson for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church says its decision not to participate in the “Great and Holy Council,” designed to bring together the heads of all 14 independent Orthodox churches in Crete later this month, is final. Organizers say the summit is going ahead anyway, and Pope Francis is sending a Vatican delegation to observe.

  • With migrant mission to Greece, pope cements Orthodox ties

    With migrant mission to Greece, pope cements Orthodox ties

    • Apr 14, 2016

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, visit migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend, they’ll be doing more than sending a political message about the need to welcome refugees. Christianity’s two most important leaders,

  • Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Turkey

    • Oct 21, 2014

    ROME – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the Vatican announced Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the pontiff will be able to travel near the border with Iraq to express his concern with the violence in the region, as he’s expressed an interest in doing. The Rev.