ISTANBUL | Independence decree presented to Ukrainian Orthodox bishop
ISTANBUL — Jan 06, 2019—The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has presented a decree of independence to the Metropolitan bishop of the nascent Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
In Istanbul on Sunday, Patriarch Bartholomew I presented the Tomos, a scroll containing the decree, in a symbolic ceremony sanctifying the Ukrainian church’s independence from the Russian Orthodox Church. He signed the decree on Saturday.
The decision to split from the Moscow Patriarchate after more than three centuries of ties has angered Russia.