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Reuters: Russian Orthodox official says religious tensions deepen Ukraine splits

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May 17, 2014, 12:52 a.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Reuters

Children sing prayers during a service in the cathedral of the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 19, 2014, on the eve Easter celebrations, the main religious holiday of the Orthodox church.
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Religious tensions are deepening dividing lines in Ukraine's crisis, with rival churches taking political sides and Kyiv slighting the Russian Orthodox Church, a senior official of the Moscow-based church said on Friday. Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Russian Church's foreign relations department, said other churches had clearly lined up behind the Kyiv government and he cited religious differences for its decision to refuse him entry to Ukraine last week.

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