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    • Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter under lockdown

      Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter under lockdown

      The Orthodox world celebrates today Easter amid a series of restrictions and bans that left churches empty and forced most of the devotees to stop short of visiting holy places. Church and state officials in most Orthodox countries urged or banned people from attending services, fearing this would lead to a spike in coronavirus infections. The bans, however, differed from country to country.

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    • Ukraine establishes independent Orthodox church

      Ukraine establishes independent Orthodox church

      Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced the creation of an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church, marking a historic split from Russia. The newly formed community combines the current Kiev Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) and willing bishops from the Moscow Patriarchate and is expected to receive independence from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the Istanbul-based institution considered the so-called "first among equals" of leaders of the world's Orthodox Churches.

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