A brief history of the Gagauz, a Turkic, primarily Orthodox Christian people in the Balkans.
The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem said it will not compromise on its religious rights as Israel restricts attendance for the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Inter-ethnic violence in Metekel predates a brutal three-month-old conflict further north that is pitting Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed against the former ruling party of Tigray.
Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church.
Russian influence over Ukraine as well being political and historical is also bound to faith. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church in splitting up with Moscow is aiming to loosen the Russias hold over Ukraine.
The bus, carrying 51 orthodox pilgrims who had been taking part in a procession at a monastery, overturned just before midnight local time on a motorway connecting the cities of Irkutsk and Chita.
Believers in Istanbul marked the occasion in a unique way.
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