Orthodox Christmas Underway: Merry Christmas

BUDAPEST/MOSCOW (BosNewsLife)-- Christmas Eve has arrived for millions of Orthodox Christians, who plan celebrations from Moscow and the rest of the former Soviet Union to the Middle East, and beyond. BosNewsLife, Central and Eastern Europe's first Christian news agency, said late Sunday, January 6, it "wishes everyone a merry Christ-filled Christmas."

NEWS WATCH: Ex-Communist Nations Urge Obama Not To Forget

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest, Hungary

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Ex-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe are closely watching how the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama will impact them amid concern that American foreign policy has shifted away from the region.

Russian Orthodox Church Enthrones New Leader

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife, reporting from Budapest
patriMOSCOW/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Russian Orthodox Church enthroned Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad Sunday, February 1, the 16th patriarch of at least an estimated 75 million followers, amid pressures to overcome internal divisions and to reach out to non-Orthodox believers.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary, Eastern Europe Face Cold Without Russian Gas

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest
gas1BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- European Union monitors arrived in Kiev Friday, amid international pressure on Ukraine and Russia to settle their dispute over natural gas prices that has effected shipments to at least 20 countries.