World|politics|October 16, 2018 / 02:45 PM
Russian Orthodox Church cuts all links with Constantinople

AKIPRESS.COM - The Russian Orthodox Church says it is cutting all links with the body that wields spiritual authority over the world's Orthodox Christians, in a row over the church in Ukraine, BBC reports.

The Constantinople-based body recently recognised the independence of the Ukrainian Church from Moscow.

Many Ukrainian Christians accuse the Russian Church of favouring Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

Constantinople holds sway over 300 million Orthodox Christians globally.

Moscow rejects the independence of the Ukrainian Church and a leading bishop - Metropolitan Hilarion - said the decision to recognise it went "against historical truth".

Moscow says it hopes Constantinople will change its mind on recognising the independence of the Ukrainian Church so that a schism can be avoided.

Russia sees Kiev as the historic cradle of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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