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Tangle of church and state roils Ukraine's Orthodox parishes
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:56:36 -0400

Boris Kovalchuk arrived in this small agricultural village, about 30 miles from Kiev, straight out of the Kiev Spiritual Academy 19 years ago. The new church, created on the basis of a charter granted by the patriarch in Constantinople and heavily backed by President Petro Poroshenko, is meant to reduce the influence of the traditional Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which owes spiritual allegiance to the patriarch in Moscow (UOC-MP). It's an issue that is often discussed in the language of geopolitics and national aspirations, exacerbated over the past five years by Ukraine's conflict with Russia. read the full story...

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