The Orthodox Church Dushanbe broke the connection with Constantinople

A meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Oct. 15

A meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Oct. 15

President Poroshenko accuses the Kremlin of trying to foment a religious war, and he has warned that Russian agents could try to seize church property.

"The major reason behind the actions of our Church is the hope that the Constantinople Patriarchate will review its decision", Legoida said, adding that the Moscow Patriarchate's "hand was forced" as Constantinople "flouted all the laws of Orthodox life".

Moldovan believers are divided between the Moldovan Orthodox Church, which is a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church, and its younger rival, the Orthodox Church of Bessarabia (the historic Romanian name for Moldova), which is subordinate to the Romanian Church.

"Just as Russia opposed itself to the entire world community with its aggressive imperial policy, now the Russian Church is on the path of self-isolation and conflict with the world Orthodoxy", he wrote on his Facebook page.

And, he said, "the upbringing of youth in the Christian spirit is a project that we, the Orthodox, are willing to implement together with the Catholics". According to him, all Orthodox Christians should get united, while problems of the Eastern Orthodox Church should be considered at a council which all heads of local churches should attend. The Russian Church sees the move as an infringement of its jurisdiction and authority. The Orthodox Church split from the Latin Church in 1054.

The US State Department has backed Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew over his dispute with the Russian Orthodox Church following his decision to grant independence to the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.

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The announcement also removed the traditional right of the Russian Patriarch to ordain the metropolitan of Kiev, a move that observers predicted would be perceived as a deliberate slight to Moscow.

One of the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kazakhstan, Dmitry Baidek, the archpriest of the Dormition Cathedral Church in Astana, told RFE/RL on October 18 that it had ended ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate over Bartholomew's decision.

"I see the latest announcement of the Holy Synod of the Constantinople Patriarchate as a move leading to schism, and.it directly and unequivocally opens up the possibility - nearly emphasizes - new breakthroughs for other churches", the Serbian Patriarch told Vecernje Novosti daily.

The rupture on Monday came after the Istanbul-based clerics agreed to launch the process of recognising the independence of the Ukrainian Church, a move Russian Federation has long campaigned against. Moreover, the Synod lifted an anathema from the heads of two non-canonical churches in Ukraine - Filaret of the Kiev Patriarchate, and Makary of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Church.

Dushanbinsky of the Orthodox Church after the Russian Orthodox Church severs the ties with Constantinople.

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday voted to hand over a landmark Kiev church to the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate after it agreed to recognize the independence of Ukraine's Orthodox Church. In the first half of 2018 alone, Ukraine witnessed 10 new attacks on Russian Orthodox Churches.

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