KIEV, Ukraine | President: Ukrainian Orthodox church will get independence

29Nov - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News



KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president announced Thursday that the Constantinople patriarchy has approved a decree granting the Ukrainian Orthodox Church independence from the Russian Orthodox Church, a major boost to the president’s approval ratings.

The Ukrainian church has formally been under the Russian Orthodox Church for centuries, so this step would be momentous, splitting the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox denomination. It would also severely erode the power and prestige of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has positioned itself as a leading player within the global Orthodox community.

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