More than 500 parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine join the new Orthodox Church – leader
The process slowed down during the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
A religious procession in Kiev on the occasion of the 1031st anniversary of Christianization / Photo UNIAN
Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (OCU) Epifaniy (Epiphanius) says that more than 500 parishes of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) have changed denomination over the past six months and joined the newly created UCO.
“We can see that the process has slowed down a bit, but it still continues … I believe that in the future, little by little after the end of all the elections, people will calm down and continue to make decisions collectively at a meeting, by majority vote, on membership in our OCU, ”he said after a religious procession of the clergy and members of his church on the occasion of the 1031st anniversary of the Christianization of Kyivan Rus- Ukraine in Kiev on July 28.
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“We see support for the ongoing process and we believe that more and more Ukrainian Orthodox will join our recognized Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the future,” he said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Unifying Council of Members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Churches in Kiev on December 15 elected Metropolitan Pereyaslavsky and Bila Tserkva of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate Epifaniy (also known as name of Epiphanius I) at the head of the new local Orthodox church in Ukraine.
On January 6, Epifaniy, as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, received the autocephaly tomos (independence) of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church from the hands of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul, Turkey.