BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (RNS) Leaning over his desk in Harare, the Zimbabwe flag’s green, red, yellow, and black stripes draped around his neck, Pastor Evan Mawarire looked into the camera and launched an uprising.
The Russian Orthodox Church, whose boycott of a major summit of Orthodox Christian leaders threatened to slow down efforts to promote greater unity, has declared the meeting “an important event in the history of the conciliar process.”
(The Christian Science Monitor) Since the brutal 34-day war between Israel and Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah organization, which ended ten years ago on August 14, the border has enjoyed near-unprecedented calm.
Several religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia.
The so-called “Yarovaya laws” make it illegal to preach, proselytize, or hand out religious materials outside of specially designated places. The laws also give the Russian government wide scope in monitoring and recording electronic messages and phone calls.