Porfirije, who has mild symptoms and is isolating, took over in November of 2020 after Patriarch Irinej died of COVID-19 at age 90.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an Islamist dictator with neo-Ottoman regional ambitions.
Daniil Markin reposted an image comparing the return of "Game of Thrones" character John Snow to Jesus Christ, and now he faces the possibility of five years in jail.
At least 170 of the 4,500 manuscripts in Egypt's Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai have text invisible to the naked eye.
The president observed Epiphany in a freezing lake by a monastery, one of several increasingly prominent displays of religiosity in recent months.
A handful of national churches in Europe and elsewhere in the world are only getting ready to celebrate Christmas now.
The atheist group say the cost of transporting a holy flame from Israel to Greece should not be paid for by the state.
Ukraine's Orthodox Christians celebrate January 19 by immersing themselves in water.