Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC), which was created earlier at the Unification Assembly on December 15, now has the title of Orthodox Church of Ukraine (UOC). Press Secretary of UOC of Kyiv Patriarchate archbishop Eustratiy stated this on Facebook.
‘According to the charter, the official name is Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It is also possible to call it UOC (do not confuse with Moscow Patriarchate, MP),’ Eustraty claimed.
He has also announced the title of the celebrant of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church - ‘His Beatitude Epifaniy Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine.'
Earlier, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announced the creation of the Ukrainian local Autocephalous Orthodox church. He said this at Sofiivska Square in Kyiv, after the Unification Assembly, the 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.
"The representatives of the UOC Kyiv Patriarchate, the UAOC and a group of bishops of the UOC of the Moscow Patriarchate have just established a united church. The miracle became possible thanks to the unshakable position of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and our Mother Church of Constantinople", he noted.
At the same time, the Head of state stressed that this is a united and independent Ukrainian Orthodox church. "This is a church without Putin. This is a church without Kirill (Russian Orthodox bishop, - Ed). This is a church without a prayer for the Russian authorities and the Russian army that kill Ukrainians. But this is a church with God and Ukraine!" he said.