Russia promises tough response to Ecumenical Patriachate over Ukraine

October 13, 2018 1:30 PM

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MINSK (Reuters) - The Russian Orthodox Church said on Saturday it would respond “in kind and toughly” to the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate over Moscow’s row with Ukraine’s Orthodox Church.

On Thursday a Synod meeting in Istanbul backed Ukraine’s request for “autocephalous” - or self-governing - status and reversed the excommunication of Patriarch Filaret, who hopes to lead the newly independent church based in Kiev.

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