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Orthodox Church cut up: 5 the reason why it issues

Orthodox Church cut up: 5 the reason why it issues

Orthodox Christianity bordering on a 'Great Schism, ' but crisis can be resolved - Russian Church The current situation within Orthodox Christianity resembles the Great Schism that divided Catholics and Orthodox Christians, a spokesman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Holy Synod said, noting that the rift can still be healed.

Believers gather to attend a service conducted by Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, at the Holy Spirit Orthodox Cathedral in Minsk, Belarus on October 13, 2018.

The drive for Ukrainian Orthodox independence intensified in 2014, when Russian Federation annexed Crimea and Russia-backed separatists seized a big swathe of territory in eastern Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was the author of the bill, hailed the parliament's decision as bringing the independence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church closer.

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, seat of the global spiritual leader of roughly 300 million Orthodox Christians.

While the Patriarch of Moscow up to now has formally overseen Orthodox churches in Ukraine, the country has two other Orthodox authorities which have splintered off without being recognised by Constantinople - until last week.

The move is seen as a step towards the Constantinople Patriarchate granting independence to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church despite protests from Russian Federation.

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"Just as Russia opposed itself to the entire world community with its aggressive imperial policy, now the Russian Church is on the path of self-isolation and conflict with the world Orthodoxy", he wrote on his Facebook page. A danger for Orthodox Christians after a row between Moscow and Constantinople demands unity and prayers from the faithful, Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East said on Wednesday while visiting Serbia. "This decision could lead to new schisms not only for the Serbian Orthodox Church but for all Orthodox Churches, even the Greek one", he said on Tuesday.

Speaking to the synod October 18 as one of the "fraternal delegates" or ecumenical observers at the gathering, Metropolitan Hilarion said that, since the fall of communism, young people have been returning to the Orthodox Church in Russian Federation.

But Mr Shterin, who lectures on trends in ex-Soviet republics, says some Moscow-linked parishes will probably switch to a new Kiev-led church, because many congregations "don't vary a lot in their political preferences". The Orthodox Church split from the Latin Church in 1054.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople is the most highly respected authority in the Orthodox world.

The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, refounded in 1990, is similarly seen as a breakaway group.

Moscow has always been at outs with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.