Ukraine Or­tho­dox lead­ers OK break with Rus­sian church

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Or­tho­dox lead­ers on Satur­day ap­proved the cre­ation of a uni­fied church in­de­pen­dent of the Moscow Pa­tri­ar­chate and elected a leader to head the new church — a move that could raise ten­sions with neigh­bor­ing Rus­sia.

The vote, held at a synod in Kiev’s St. Sophia Cathe­dral, is the lat­est in a se­ries of con­fronta­tions be­tween Ukraine and au­thor­i­ties in Rus­sia, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s govern­ment. Ahead of the vote, the Rus­sian Or­tho­dox Church called on the United Na­tions, the lead­ers of Ger­many and France, the pope and other spir­i­tual lead­ers to pro­tect Or­tho­dox be­liev­ers in Ukraine.

The leader of the new Ukrainian Or­tho­dox Church will be Metropoli­tan Epipha­nius, 39, a bishop from the Kiev Pa­tri­ar­chate.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.