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Russian Orthodox Church's local council approves broad autonomy for Ukrainian Orthodox Church

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.kyivpost.com/nation/34734 Russian Orthodox Church s local council approves broad autonomy for Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Feb 04
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      Russian Orthodox Church's local council approves broad autonomy for
      Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate)
      Feb 04


      The local council of the Russian Orthodox Church has approved a broad
      autonomy for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate.

      Metropolitan Volodymyr of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow
      Patriarchate) announced this at a press conference.

      According to him, the local council approved the amendments that the
      Council of Bishops made to the statutes of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2008.

      According to the approved statutes of the Russian Orthodox Church,
      the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is a
      self-governing church with a broad autonomy.

      Volodymyr expressed the hope that the council's decision and the
      Russian Orthodox Church's new Patriarch Kirill will facilitate unity
      among Orthodox Christians in Ukraine.

      As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Metropolitan Volodymyr has said
      that creation of an Autocephalous Ukrainian Orthodox Church is premature.

      Experts that the Agency for Modeling Situations polled in July 2008
      said that President Viktor Yuschenko's initiative on creation of a
      unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church was a public-relations move.
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