Baptism of Kyivan Rus anniversary: Ukraine's Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate marches through Kyiv streets

15:16 Jul. 28, 2016

Ukraine's Orthodox Church of Kyiv Patriarchate marches through Kyiv streets

Orthodox believers and clergymen march to prayer in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 28, 2016 in observance of the holiday marking the adoption of Christianity by what is now Russia and Ukraine in the 10th century. (AP Photo)

About 15,000 Ukrainians celebrate the 1028th anniversary of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus

Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) celebrates the 1028th anniversary of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus.

People from all over the country gathered in Kyiv to take part in the solemn march through the capital and hold prayer service at the Saint Volodymyr Hill. President Poroshenko addressed the crowd at the beginning of the event. 

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Patriarch Filaret earlier called on representatives of different confessions to participate in the march to consolidate Ukraine. At least 15,000 believers answered his call and marched through Kyiv, Ukrainian Interior Minister said.

Christianization or Baptism Day of Kyivan Rus took place in 988 under Kyiv's Prince Volodymyr the Great. Kyiv was the first city in ancient Rus to adopt Christianity.

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