Ukraine War Divides Russian Orthodox Church Faithful

From a New York Times story by Neil MacFarquhar and Sophia Kishkovsky headlined “Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful”:

In a small parish in northern Italy affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church, the mostly Ukrainian worshipers — IT specialists, migrant factory laborers, nurses and cleaners — decided to repudiate the full-throated support for the war in Ukraine from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

The Moscow Patriarch had repeatedly bestowed blessings on the Russian military, giving a historical golden icon of the Virgin Mary to a senior commander, and casting the war as a holy struggle to protect Russia from what he called Western scourges like gay pride parades. He has been a vocal supporter of President Vladimir Putin, with the church receiving vast financial resources in return.