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Painting of Jesus Christ found in ancient church in Israel

A 1,500-year-old painting of the face of Jesus Christ has been discovered in southern Israel’s Negev desert. Scientists found the image after uncovering an old church in the ancient Byzantine village of Shivta, according to a study published in the journal Antiquity. “A previously unknown painting of Christ’s face recently discovered at the Byzantine site […]

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Ukraine splits from Russian Orthodox Church after three centuries

Ukraine has ended hundreds of years of religious dominance by the Russian Orthodox Church. Thousands gathered in front of the Orthodox Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev on Saturday as religious leaders met there to formalise the split and enlarge an already existing Ukrainian Orthodox church. The head of the world’s Orthodox Christians in Istanbul had […]

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Putin celebrates Christmas with orthodox Christians in St Petersburg

Russian Orthodox Christians have marked Christmas with a special midnight mass held in churches and cathedrals across the country. President Vladimir Putin attended a service in Saint Petersburg’s Transfiguration Cathedral, where his mother had him baptised in secrecy during Soviet times. In Moscow the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, led the mass […]

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Categories Religion in the world

Religious traditions and our common humanity

It was good that your leader looked at an issue that has been too long ignored (The rise of Christian-nativist populists is a worry for all, 26 December). It needs to be addressed seriously by asking the question that the philosopher Jürgen Habermas has long posed to German society: “What is missing?” That is, what […]

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