- Jan 22, 2020
Pope Francis right now may be the lone major Western leader who actually has the ear of the figure seemingly poised to win the Syrian war.
The Russian Orthodox church has cut ties with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria following his decision to recognize Ukraine’s new independent Orthodox church.
In a new interview, Syrian President Bashar al Assad responded publicly to a letter he received from Pope Francis over the summer voicing concern about civilian casualties in the country’s ongoing civil war, saying the pope has an incomplete picture of the conflict influenced by the west.
Hungary’s prime minster said Wednesday after hosting a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that good relations with Russia are a necessity because of his country’s geographical location.
On Sunday Pope Francis gave a shout-out to Ukraine and Russia for the recent exchange of 70 prisoners, voicing not only his happiness for those set free, but his hope that the gesture would help bring an end to the ongoing conflict between the two nations.
The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has urged those considering allowing priests in the Latin rite to marry in order to help solve a crippling vocation crisis to proceed with caution, saying marriage has not curbed shortages in his own rite.