The Russian Empire entered the 20th century as the biggest Orthodox state in the world. Around 90 million people out of total population of million identified themselves as Orthodox in the census and there were approximately 50, churches in Russia. At the same time, the Russian Church had persistent troubles. Since , the Church had had no elected Patriarch the highest-ranking bishop in the Orthodox Church and was run by the Most Holy Synod, which was de-facto a government body.
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Sophia Cathedral as crowds gathered in the snow-packed streets outside to await results. Poroshenko was not a voting member of the council. Moscow has vehemently opposed the creation of a separate Ukrainian Orthodox Church, saying it would split Orthodox believers in a region that has had strong religious and historical ties dating back to , when a Kievan Rus prince adopted Christianity. More than 10, people have been killed in the conflict. Moscow has warned that the breakup of the church could lead to more violence between the countries. Neither were sanctioned by Constantinople but have now joined together as the unified Ukrainian Orthodox Church. More than representatives from three branches of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine, including two members from the Moscow Patriarchate, elected Metropolitan Epiphany Dumenko, a little-known year-old theology professor.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. The ROC is often said  to be the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches in the world and second only to the Roman Catholic Church among Christian churches, numbering over million members worldwide and growing numerically since late s. Administratively, the Church is organized in a hierarchical structure.
The Russian Orthodox Church has a thousand-year history of strong political as well as spiritual influence over the inhabitants of the Russian state. After enduring the Soviet era as a state-controlled religious facade, the church quickly regained both membership and political influence in the early s. Orthodox belief holds that the Orthodox Church is Christianity's true, holy, and apostolic church, tracing its origin directly to the institution established by Jesus Christ. Orthodox beliefs are based on the Bible and on tradition as defined by seven ecumenical councils held by church authorities between A.
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