Syrian Army battles jihadists in ancient Christian village

11/9/13 Sporadic fighting continues after Syrian government troops have regained control of the village of Maaloula, a center of Christianity in the region. RT’s correspondent reports from the village, amid shooting and fighter jets hovering overhead. The Syrian Army says there are no militants in the hotel as they were kicked out by regime forces. “We are being ...

Jihadists re-take historic Syrian Christian village as stand-off continues

9/9/13 Islamist Nusra Front forces have re-captured Syria’s oldest Christian community from government troops in a night of fighting. The small village of Maaloula, once a peaceful spiritual place, became a battlefield on Wednesday. The rebels captured the symbolically important village after forcing out government troops, who had previously pushed the insurgents to the mountainous outskirts of ...

Patriarch of Georgia: Our church and people never cut ties with Russia

  Nadezhda Kevorkova - 23/7/13 Despite the South Ossetian war of 2008, close religious and human ties remain between Georgia and Russia, Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II told RT. He expressed hope that politicians in the two Orthodox states will “find a way out of the dead end.” On Tuesday, the most influential figure in Georgia’s religious, political, ...

Did the Pope quit to dodge blame for misdeeds or just to do the right thing?

Igor Ogorodnev, RT 24/2/13 The latest allegation that a gay priest blackmail scandal was the reason for Benedict XVI’s sudden resignation shows that his sudden decision will be queried long after his departure, perhaps robbing him of his greatest achievement while in office. Italian newspaper La Repubblica has reported that the Pope was overwhelmed when presented with evidence ...