Pope Benedict XVI and Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew light candles  at a Greek Orthodox  cathedral in Istanbul, 2006. Photograph: Ecumenical Patriarchate/Reuters

The Russian Orthodox Church has warned that Ukraine’s bid for spiritual independence could lead to bloodshed and a schism in the eastern church, as it(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko with Patriarch Filaret, head of Ukraine’s Orthodox Church in Kiev: The bid to secure independence “will cause a huge upsurge in the national spirit”. Photograph: Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has called for an end to Moscow’s rule over his country’s Orthodox church, saying it would inspire the nation and(...)

Ottoman Empire flag: Legend has itthat Suleiman’s heart was removed and interred in a tomb built where he died – a site Hungarian experts think they have found. Photograph: Getty Images

Suleiman the Magnificent 450 years ago was preparing to lead his mighty Ottoman army from Constantinople to Vienna, in an attempt to finally seize the(...)

British troops advancing at Gallipoli on August 6th, 1915. Amongst the dead, injured and missing of the ill-fated campaign were thousands of Irishmen. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

By the end of 1914, conflict on the Western Front had reached military stalemate. British High Command sought for a new campaign. A plan was hatched t(...)

Pope Francis  kisses Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I after they signed a joint statement at St George church, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, in Istanbul on November 30th, 2014. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Reuters

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 1 took another step down the long road to Catholic-Orthodox unity when they prayed together in the G(...)