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Ukraine’s president renews call for autocephalous status for Orthodox church

July 17, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful are divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Only the first is canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches; the second body is the largest of the three. In April, President Petro Poroshenko met with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to seek autocephalous status for Ukraine’s Orthodox Christians—in effect, a canonically recognized independence from the Moscow Patriarchate.

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