Orthodox Basketball Player Allowed to Cover Her Arms

JERUSALEM (RNS) The international basketball federation has decided to permit an Orthodox Jewish basketball player to cover her arms during competitions in accordance with her religious beliefs. FIBA made the decision several weeks after point guard Naama Shafir, a...

Russian Patriarch Denounces Moscow Airport Bombing

MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church denounced a terrorist attack at Moscow’s busiest airport as “the horrifying scowl of sin,” and said actions once condemned even in war “are today becoming a form of protest.” Patriarch Kirill I spoke after a...

Top Canadian Orthodox Bishop on Leave for Misconduct

TORONTO (RNS) One of Canada’s top Eastern Orthodox hierarchs has resigned his duties and been granted a leave of absence following allegations by police of “misconduct” going back decades. Archbishop Seraphim of Ottawa, who has jurisdiction over all of Canada for the...