Ukraine’s crisis of faith

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The Kiev-Kremlin conflict catalyzes a religious schism centuries in the making.

  • Christopher Miller
  • Politico

VORSIVKA, Ukraine — For years, Father Vasily spent his Sundays behind the altar at St. Nicholas, a church in the small town of Vorsivka, in north-central Ukraine.

Churchgoers stand beside a wall of icons during a service at Malyn’s St. Pokrovskiy Church on January 26.

That all changed in early January, not long after the Ukrainian Orthodox Church officially split from the Moscow-based Russian Orthodox Church in one of the biggest schisms in Christian history.

That’s when the village faithful held a vote to decide whether their church should remain in the Russian fold, or join the…

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