The leaders of the central branch of the Orthodox church in Ukraine have made a formal break with the hierarchy in Moscow, widening the schism in a church that was already divided before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said that it disagreed with theContinue Reading

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unfolded, Patriarch Kirill I, the leader of the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church, had an awkward Zoom meeting with Pope Francis. The two religious leaders had previously worked together to bridge a 1,000-year-old schism between the Christian churches of the East and West. But the meeting,Continue Reading

More than two months into Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine, the European Union on Wednesday announced plans to embargo Russian oil, its biggest economic sacrifice yet to inflict pain on the Russian economy and President Vladimir V. Putin. The measure unveiled by the president of the European Commission, Ursula vonContinue Reading

LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainians packed churches on Sunday for Easter commemorations that combined ancient traditions with the reality of the war. The country’s small Roman Catholic community celebrated Easter with services, which as in other churches, were full of families, many missing men who are off fighting or volunteering inContinue Reading

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Monday that plans were in the works for a possible second meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church and that he would be willing to travel to Moscow for the encounter. The pope made his remarks in a newsContinue Reading