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Russian Orthodox Patriarch faces angry protests in Ukraine

July 27, 2010

A visit by Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to Ukraine has been marred by angry protests leading to multiple arrests, frustrating the Russian prelate’s efforts to promote Orthodox unity.

Patriarch Kirill, who was in Ukraine for a meeting of the Russian Orthodox synod, faced demonstrators in Kiev who shouted: “Down with the Moscow Pope!” The Orthodox Church in Ukraine split into three competing factions after the country gained its independence from Russia; only one of the factions maintains allegiance with the Moscow patriarchate. Nevertheless the Russian Orthodox Church continues to claim Ukraine as part of its "canonical territory."


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  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Jul. 28, 2010 9:35 AM ET USA

    Part of why the self professed Orthodox are not the true Church is because there is no unity within it. As soon as someone like the Patriarch Kiril tries to promote some semblance of it he gets shouted down. It's time the Orthodox unite under the only true mark of unity--the See of Peter. The Russian Orthodox have beautiful liturgy and all the sacraments; all they lack is unity with Rome. Pray for this reunion.