Why a centuries-old religious dispute over Ukraine’s Orthodox Church matters today

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  • A new Orthodox Church was recently established in Ukraine.

Shortly after, Bartholomew I, the Patriarch of Constantinople and the spiritual head of global Orthodox Christianity, granted independence to the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine and transferred its jurisdiction from the church of Moscow to the church of Constantinople, located in Istanbul.

  • Victoria Smolkin
  • The Conversation

This competition between the churches of Constantinople and Moscow for dominance in the Orthodox Christian world is not new – it goes back more than 500 years.

But the birth of the new Orthodox Church in Ukraine opens…

So what is…

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