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.
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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