Religious freedom

Ukrainian Orthodox Church formally sheds Russian ties

Believers praying at the Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral in Kiev in December. Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church formally split from the Russian church on Saturday in a signing ceremony in Turkey, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: As Alex Kliment of GZERO Media notes, "[t]his is a spiritual matter with distinctly worldly implications." The new split will make Ukrainian clerics "pick sides between the Moscow-backed Ukrainian churches and the new church," while fighting continues between Ukrainian and Russian forces, AP reports.

Go deeper: Political stakes high in Russia-Ukraine church split

Democrats seek to overturn ban on religious headwear on House floor

Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar
Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar at congressional orientation. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi proposed altering a 181-year ban on members of Congress wearing headwear on the floor of the House of Representatives last week to "ensure religious expression" by exempting religious headwear, reports ABC News.

The big picture: Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, is helping spearhead the effort with Pelosi to protect her choice to wear a headscarf — which she calls her First Amendment right.

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