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Ukraine Orthodox Leaders to Approve Break with Russia Church

Ukraine Orthodox Leaders to Approve Break with Russia Church

Saturday, 15 December 2018 06:38 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands of people have gathered outside a Kiev cathedral to witness the birth of a new Ukrainian Orthodox Church as tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue to drive the two farther apart.

President Petro Poroshenko has told the crowd "the creation of our Church is another declaration of Ukraine's independence and you are the main participants of this historic event."

Representatives of three Ukrainian Orthodox churches are holding a closed-door synod Saturday to approve the charter for a unified church and to elect leadership.

Poroshenko, who will attend the synod as a non-voting observer, has made the creation of a new independent church a key campaign issue.

Istanbul, the center of the Orthodox world, has signed off on Ukraine's bid to create an independent church, despite fierce protests from Moscow.

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