Death of Metropolitan Volodymyr

July 5, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine

Head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church dies at 78
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The Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church has died at 78 after leading it for more than two decades during the tumultuous post-Soviet period.

Metropolitan Volodymyr, who had been credited with stabilizing the church, died Saturday "after a long illness," the church announced online Saturday.

In his more than 20 years as head of the country's largest church, Volodymyr weathered the breakaway of two groups that declared themselves...

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