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Constantinople formally recognizes independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church

January 07, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople issued a tomos recognizing the autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church at a ceremony in Istanbul. Metropolitan Epifanyi of Kiev, the newly elected leader of the Ukrainian body, accepted the tomos, with Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko looking on. The Russian Orthodox Church, which bitterly opposed the move, has now condemned the Constantinople patriarchate as “schismatic.”

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