A group of retired secret police agents have been charged in Poland with attempting to frame the beatified martyr, Fr Jerzy Popieluszko (1947-1984), shortly before they abducted and killed him in a crime which shocked the world.
Ukraine's newly installed Orthodox primate has pledged “openness to all" at his Kiev inauguration, while criticising the country's Moscow-linked Orthodox denomination in an interview and predicting Ukraine could regain territorial unity as his new church expands.
The publication of a long-suppressed text by a young Catholic university lecturer in Communist Poland illustrates the tensions and subtleties of the Church’s struggle against Communist misrule – and debunks the claim that Pope John Paul II was a champion of neo-liberal economics
As guardians of the Greek faith and language during the Ottoman centuries, the Orthodox Church has a special place in modern Greece, its pre-eminence guaranteed by law and its priests paid by the state.
But now the cash-strapped country wants to sever the clerical connection
The Ecumenical Patriarch has defended his decision to grant Ukrainians a self-governing Orthodox church, as Russian Orthodox officials accused him of inflaming a new confrontation between Kiev and Moscow
The head of the Polish Church has marked the centenary of Poland's modern statehood by warning Poles their continued freedom depends on maintaining the Catholic faith and ensuring "properly conceived autonomy" between Church and state.
The Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch has urged Russian Orthodox leaders to accept the loss of their authority in Ukraine, after signing a co-operation accord with the country's head of state. "The Ecumenical Patriarchate weakened itself by freeing people in the Balkans and recognising their right to self-government," Patriarch Bartholomew told a meeting in Istanbul on 5 November.