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Leading Russian Orthodox official calls on monks of Mount Athos to reject new Orthodox Church of Ukraine

February 13, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: Until recently, Ukraine’s Orthodox faithful were divided into the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kiev Patriarchate), and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, with only the first canonically recognized by other Orthodox churches. After the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, which holds a primacy of honor in Eastern Orthodoxy, signaled it would grant canonical recognition, the latter two bodies united to form the Orthodox Church of Ukraine—a decision condemned by the Russian Orthodox Church. Located in Greece, Mount Athos is the home of 20 Orthodox monasteries.

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