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Zelensky can’t ‘mobilize God’ – Russian church

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky cannot enlist God in Kiev’s fight against Moscow, the Russian Orthodox Church has said, rebuking a statement Zelensky made during his Easter Sunday speech. In a video address, Zelensky described God as “an ally” of Ukraine who “has a chevron with the Ukrainian flag on his …

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Russian priest killed by American missile – Church

Veteran Russian military priest Mikhail Vasilyev has been killed in Ukraine, the Moscow Patriarchate said in a  statement on Sunday. According to media reports, he died of shrapnel wounds from a missile launched by a US-made HIMARS system. The priest was the rector at St. Barbara cathedral, the Patriarchate’s metochion …

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Russian church to ‘streamline’ exorcisms

The Russian Orthodox Church has finalized a draft of rules to regulate the practice of exorcism, in the making since 2021. If the draft becomes part of canon law, banishing demons will be a free service, and only priests and bishops will be allowed to practice it, to prevent abuses. …

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Two women shot at US church

Two women were shot dead at Cornerstone Church, a megachurch in Ames, Iowa, on Thursday in what appears to have been a targeted attack by the ex-boyfriend of one of the women, the Story County Sheriff’s Office has revealed. Eden Montang, one of the victims, had recently broken up with …

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Ukraine-Russia conflict hits church

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) voted on Friday to declare independence and autocephaly from the Moscow Patriarchate, citing disagreements with Patriarch Kirill’s position on the Russian military operation in Ukraine. The UOC also proposed to renew talks with the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), a breakaway entity whose establishment by …

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Multiple victims in California church shooting

At least six people have been injured in a shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, California, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene, while four others were “critically wounded,” authorities confirmed. Another person suffered “minor injuries” and was also enroute to the hospital. “We have …

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‘Multiple victims’ in California church shooting

Several people have been injured at a church in Laguna Woods, California, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The shooting occurred at Geneva Presbyterian Church, located at 24301 El Toro Road, according to local media reports. “We have detained one person and have recovered a weapon that may be involved,” …

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French priest, nun stabbed in church attack

An assailant stabbed a priest and a nun inside the Saint-Pierre-d’Arene church in the southern French city of Nice on Sunday, Mayor Christian Estrosi said. The suspect was quickly detained by police. Estrosi said the victims were being treated for their wounds. The mayor added that the suspect was a …

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UK government and Church of England clash over migration on Easter

On Easter Day, the UK minister for Brexit opportunities, Jacob Rees-Mogg, defended a controversial initiative to relocate illegal migrants to Rwanda as an “Easter story of redemption” after the plan was criticized by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. The minister was asked by BBC Radio 4 on Sunday to comment …

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Gay Catholics come out, demand the Church accept them

More than 120 LGBT priests, teachers and Church volunteers in Germany have launched an initiative – ‘OutInChurch’ – and demanded that Catholic higher-ups toss away their long-standing disdain for homosexual relationships and grant them greater freedoms within the Church. The group said they want “to be able to live and …

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