Priests Once Aligned With Russia Come Under Suspicion in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was once a dominant force in the country, but now officials suspect that some priests may be collaborating with Russia.

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An American’s Murky Path From Russian Propagandist to Jan. 6

Charles Bausman, a former financial executive who runs websites that promote far-right views, recorded footage in the Capitol for a Russian television producer. Soon after, he fled to Moscow as a “political refugee.”

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Battered by Russian Shells, a Monastery Remains Loyal to Moscow

The monks and nuns cloistered in a monastery complex in eastern Ukraine absorb daily bombardments from Russian artillery. And yet they remain loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Russia Edges Closer to Seizing Key City in Eastern Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian forces were locked in street-by-street fighting in Sievierodonetsk, Kyiv’s last foothold in Luhansk Province.

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The Russian Orthodox Leader at the Core of Putin’s Ambitions

Patriarch Kirill I has provided spiritual cover for the invasion of Ukraine, reaping vast resources for his church in return. Now, in an extraordinary step, the E.U. is threatening him with sanctions.

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Pope Francis Condemns War in Ukraine (Again), but Doesn’t Name Putin (Again)

In a wide-ranging interview with an Argentine newspaper, Francis defended his decision not to call out Mr. Putin, but said he was ready to do “everything” to prevent more deaths.

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Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful

Around the world, national churches, parishes and even families are reassessing relations with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has encouraged Russia’s aggression.

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Pope Deplores the War in Ukraine but Not the Aggressor

Francis has raised his voice against “unacceptable armed aggression” without mentioning President Vladimir V. Putin or Russia. Some analysts say that he risks complicating his legacy.

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How Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches Are Handlng the War

The Russian Orthodox Church is allied with President Putin. But in New York, some of its members are quietly anguished.

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Italian City Tied to Russia by a Revered Saint Feels the Sting of War in Ukraine

The port of Bari holds relics venerated by Orthodox Christians throughout the former Soviet bloc. Today it is also home to a spillover of tensions from Russia’s invasion.

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Also at Stake in Ukraine: the Future of Two Orthodox Churches

The Russian church hopes to reunite with the independent Ukrainian branch under a single patriarch in Moscow that would allow it to control the holiest sites of Orthodoxy in the Slavic world.

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Ukrainians Find Common Purpose in Opposing Russia

A trip along the Dnieper River explores what it means to be Ukrainian at a moment of extreme peril, as the country debates Russia’s place in its past, and its future.

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Pope Exploring a 2nd Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church

Speaking after his trip to Cyprus and Greece, Francis also said he had no choice but to accept the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because of the harmful gossip surrounding him.

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After 100 Years, a Royal Wedding in Russia Evokes Days of the Czars

For the groom, a Romanov and descendant of the imperial throne, and his Italian bride, the wedding represents the pinnacle of their attempts to re-establish a monarchic presence in Russia’s public life.

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Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River

Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.

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Why Erdogan Wants Hagia Sophia to Be a Mosque

The Hagia Sophia has been designated as a mosque again, its status as a museum viewed for decades as a seal on the country’s spirit.

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A ‘Breakdown of Trust’: Pandemic Corrodes Church-State Ties in Russia

Even as the monasteries of the Orthodox Church are besieged by the coronavirus, apocalyptic-minded priests balk at state restrictions on public worship.

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