Head of Ukraine’s new Orthodox Church assumes office

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The newly elected head of the self sustaining Ukrainian Orthodox Church has officially assumed office within the capital of Kiev, a month after the church severed its centuries-lengthy ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Metropolitan Epiphanius I, 40, became enthroned within the middle of a lavish service at St. Sophia Cathedral in central Kiev on Sunday, a month after the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople granted independence to a brand fresh Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who’s working for re-election within the country’s March 31 presidential flee, and his arch-rival Yulia Tymoshenko each and every attended the ceremony.

In Moscow, the Russian Orthodox Church spokesman on Sunday brushed aside the Kiev ceremony as a “pathetic spectacle.”

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