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Tags: EU | Russia | Orthodox Church

Russian Orthodox Church Issues Warning to Orthodoxy's Leader

Friday, 28 September 2018 10:38 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church is warning that it would sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community if he grants autonomy to Ukraine's Orthodox Church.

The warning on Friday follows Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I's promise to allow the Orthodox Church in Ukraine to be autocephalous, or ecclesiastically independent. The Russian church, the world's largest Orthodox communion, fiercely opposes the decision.

The church in Ukraine has been tied to the Moscow Patriarchate for hundreds of years, although many parishes have split off over the past two decades to form a schismatic church. Calls for independence have increased since Moscow's 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Moscow Patriarchate's spokesman Vladimir Legoyda warned Friday it will "break the Eucharistic communion" with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate if it makes the Ukrainian church autocephalous.

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