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.
The head of Ukraine's Greek Catholic church has endorsed calls for a single independent Orthodox church in his country, as Russian Orthodox leaders denounced a decree by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, recognising two breakaway communities and opening his own official mission in Kiev.
Russia's Orthodox church has reacted furiously to a decree last week by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, cancelling Moscow's jurisdiction over Orthodox Christians in Ukraine and lifting the excommunication of the country's breakaway Orthodox communities.
A Greek Orthodox news agency has published the transcript of a three-hour summit between the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, and Patriarch Kirill of Russia over the future of Orthodoxy in Ukraine, showing that the Russian delegation angrily rejected Ukrainian self-rule and insisted the country's current government was illegitimate.