Hierarchy of the Eastern Orthodox church

Bartholomew I

Archbishop of Constantinople

Figurehead for 300 million

Orthodox Christians across

the globe

15 regional churches

Each appoints its own head bishop

Patriarch Kirill

heads the Russian church. He has long said that Russia would break away if Ukraine's status was raised

Ukrainian church, which previously answered to Russia, gains independence

Kiev’s Pechersk

Lavra, Monastery

of the Caves

Bartholomew I

Archbishop of Constantinople

Figurehead for 300 million

Orthodox Christians across

the globe

15 regional churches

Each appoints its

own head bishop

Patriarch Kirill

heads the Russian church

Kirill has long said that Russia

would break away if Ukraine's

status was raised

Ukrainian church, which previously answered to Russia, gains independence

Kiev’s Pechersk Lavra,

Monastery of the Caves