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Essay: Another dark Christmas in Ukraine

Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko visits Sofiyska Square, where a Christmas tree was lighted, in front of the Saint Sophia Cathedral, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 6th December, 2023

As Orthodox Christmas approaches, KNOX THAMES, a former US State Department special envoy, says – in an article first published on Religion News Service, that we cannot abandon Ukraine to Russian destruction…

Police detain man in relation to Cologne Cathedral threats

Frankfurt, Germany Reuters German police said on Tuesday they had taken into custody a person in connection with a possible attack planned against Cologne Cathedral. Police on Saturday said they were heightening security at the cathedral following indications of a possible attack on New Year’s Eve and in the wake of government warnings in recent […]

UK’s King Charles urges compassion, care for environment in time of conflict

Britain's King Charles and Queen Camilla attend the Royal Family's Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene's church, as the royals take residence at the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Britain on 25th December, 2023

London, UKReuters Britain’s King Charles III called on people on Monday to help those less fortunate during a time of economic hardship and global conflict, using his Christmas Day message to emphasise the importance of kindness, compassion and care for the environment. In his second Christmas message since becoming king, Charles also paid tribute to […]

Christmas in China brings glittering decor and foreign influence concerns

A child holds a toy near a Christmas tree outside the South Cathedral, a Catholic church at Xuanwumen, on Christmas Eve in Beijing, China on 24th December, 2023

Beijing, China Reuters Giant Christmas trees adorned with lights, tinsel and gift boxes greet shoppers at glittering malls in big Chinese cities like Shanghai and Chongqing, but in many parts of China, extending season’s greetings is out of the question.  In southwest Yunnan province, a property management company issued a notice to shopping mall tenants […]

In Moldova, the Christmas spirit is conflict and rivalry for parishioners

People attend a service for Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in Chisinau, Moldova, on 19th January, 2019.

Chisinau, MoldovaReuters The head of Moldova’s largest Orthodox Church, subordinated to its Russian parent church, has complained that his ranks were coming under attack in the run-up to Christmas – marked on two separate days by rival churches in the former Soviet state. More than 90 per cent of residents of the country, which lies […]