- Aug 3, 2020
The Russian Orthodox church has cut ties with the head of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate in Alexandria following his decision to recognize Ukraine’s new independent Orthodox church.
A leading Ukrainian bishop has said Russia’s opposition to the recent vote of independence for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church is a dangerous game of “ecclesial colonialism” resulting from Soviet influence.
The formal recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine brings “a wind of hope” that new opportunities will be created for dialogue and concrete cooperation in the search for Christian unity, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has signed a decree of independence for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.
Over 1,000 believers of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church rallied outside the country’s parliament Thursday to protest its demand that their church’s name is changed to reflect its ties to Moscow.
The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church welcomed the election of a leader for the country’s new independent Orthodox church.