Orthodox patriarch signs decree on independent Ukraine church


Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I attends a signing ceremony of the Tomos decree of autocephaly for the Ukrainian church at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey, today. – EPA pic, January 5, 2019.

THE Istanbul-based Orthodox patriarch today signed the formal decree confirming the creation of an independent Ukrainian church, marking a break with the Russian church that has angered Moscow.

The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, the leading authority in Orthodox Christianity, signed the decree known as Tomos at a ceremony in Istanbul.


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