Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople sever ties over 'autocephalous' request


Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 15-10-2018 22:49 IST | Created: 15-10-2018 22:19 IST
Russian Orthodox Church and Constantinople sever ties over 'autocephalous' request
Speaking in Belarus after a meeting of the Russian Church's ruling body, Metropolitan Ilarion, a cleric, said the Holy Synod had been left with no choice but to sever ties with the Patriarchate in Istanbul. (Image Credit: Twitter)
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The Russian Orthodox Church said on Monday it had decided to break off all relations with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in protest over its endorsement of Ukraine's request for an "autocephalous" (independent) church.

Speaking in Belarus after a meeting of the Russian Church's ruling body, Metropolitan Ilarion, a cleric, said the Holy Synod had been left with no choice but to sever ties with the Patriarchate in Istanbul, the seat of the global spiritual leader of roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians.

Ukraine last week secured approval from Constantinople to establish an independent church in what Kiev said was a vital step against Russian meddling in its affairs. The Russian Orthodox Church called it the biggest split in Christianity for a thousand years.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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