Turkey: Patriarch Bartholomew signs Ukrainian church independence decree in Istanbul

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christianity, signed a decree granting the Orthodox Church of Ukraine autocephaly during a ceremony at St. George's Cathedral in Istanbul, Saturday. The ceremony was attended by the new head of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epiphanius, as well as Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. On... Еще Sunday the decree, or 'tomos', will be presented to Epiphanius in the course of another church service, after which it will be brought back to Kiev.

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