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Russian Orthodox Church Threatens Break With Istanbul-Based Patriarchate

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The Russian Orthodox Church is threatening to sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community if he grants autonomy to Ukraine’s Orthodox Church.

Putin Is Losing Russia’s Far East

The move comes amid a deepening row in Orthodox Christianity over the Ukrainian Church’s bid to formally break away from Russia’s orbit.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I — who is considered the “first among equals” of Eastern Orthodox clerics — has sent two special bishops to Ukraine in what is widely viewed as a step toward declaring ecclesiastical independence for the main Ukrainian Orthodox church that is loyal to Kyiv…

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