Ukraine: Poroshenko and worshippers wait for Orthodox leaders to approve Russia split


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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko joined thousands of people waiting outside Kiev's St Sophia Cathedral on Saturday as Orthodox clerics meet to form a new national church.
The Unification Council are expected to decide on a charter for a unified church and new leadership.
Poroshenko will attend the a closed-door synod as a non-voting observer alongside 192 bishops, priests and laymen.
Currently there are three different major Eastern Orthodox churches in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodoxy, recognised the independence of the breakaway church on October 11.
The Holy Synod, the highest governing body of the Russian Orthodox Church, cut ties with the Constantinople Patriarchate, after it recognised the the new self-governing, or autocephalus, Ukrainian Church.
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