This Church Is Stirring Trouble Between Russia and Ukraine
Pray it doesn’t get worse. Currently controlled by the Russian Orthodox Church, the Pochayiv Lavra monastery in western Ukraine is coveted by a soon-to-be-independent Ukrainian Church amid the country’s push to sever ties with Russia. But Ukraine’s second-largest monastery is considered a bellwether for nearly 12,000 other parishes controlled by the Moscow Patriarchate — meaning both Ukrainian nationalist groups and pro-Moscow followers are ready to mobilize for it. “Everyone is going to watch to see what happens,” says one expert.