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Independence decree presented to Ukrainian Orthodox bishop

January 6, 2019 8:42 AM
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, center left, and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, center right, attend a religion service at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church has been created at a signing ceremony in Turkey, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church conducts a religion service at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church has been created at a signing ceremony in Turkey, formalizing a split with th...

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