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Subject "Enemies of Christ" – Moscow Denounces Zelensky Govt After Raids on Russia-Linked Churches “enemies of Christ and the Orthodox
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Russian officials have denounced the Ukrainian government as “enemies of Christ and the Orthodox faith” over security service raids on churches accused of links to Moscow.

Eastern Orthodox Church politics in Ukraine is fiendishly complicated, with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople (New Rome), Bartholomew I, having backed the establishment of an autocephalous (self-governing, in layman’s terms) Ukrainian church, where it was formerly under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Moscow, in 2019.

The Ukrainian government-backed new church, known as the Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), was not recognised by the Russian Orthodox Church — by far the largest Eastern Orthodox church — which regarded the Ecumenical Patriarch as attempting to exercise Pope-like powers beyond his jurisdiction, with other Orthodox churches in Serbia, Romania, and Poland either backing outright the Russian position of withholding recognition of the OCA more diplomatically, while others, such as the Greek Orthodox Church, supported Batholomew, causing several breaks in communion.
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