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How Geopolitics Are Driving the Biggest Eastern Orthodox Schism in a Millennium

Oct 19, 2018 | 10:00 GMT
Worshippers attend a service at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra in Ukraine during October.

Worshippers attend a service on the Feast of the Intercession of the Virgin Mary in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, a monastery and headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchy in Kiev on Oct. 14. On Oct. 11, the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate agreed to grant the Ukrainian Orthodox Church its independence, a move opposed by Moscow.

(VOLODYMYR SHUVAYEV/AFP/Getty Images)

On Oct. 15, the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it would break off all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul), the leader of Eastern Orthodoxy. The break came after the patriarchate agreed on Oct. 11 to grant autocephaly, or self-governance, to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, putting...

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