Russia is celebrating the Orthodox Epiphany holiday by jumping into freezing cold water in a traditional ceremony aimed at cleansing their souls. DW's Moscow correspondent Emma Burrows takes the plunge.
A Russian anti-abortion group claims it has collected a million signatures supporting a ban of the procedure. Nearly 100 years after Soviet Russia legalized abortion, the debate is back, reports Emily Sherwin in Moscow.
Believers in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East have flocked to churches to celebrate Christmas. January 7 marks the birth of Christ in the Julian calendar, which is observed by up to 300 million followers.
Orthodox church leaders from around the world have expressed their concern about the situation facing Christians in the Middle East. They have held a historic meeting in Greece, the first of its kind in 1,200 years.
Orthodox Christian church leaders have come together for the first time in 1,200 years. But the landmark synod has been marred by division, with four autonomous churches including Russia boycotting the event.
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