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204 parishes moved to Orthodox Church of Ukraine, - official

Presidential Envoy at the Parliament Iryna Lutsenko predicts that the thousands of parishes will join the Orthodox Church of Ukraine until the end of 2019
15:19, 4 February 2019

Iryna Lutsenko
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Over a month and a half, about 204 parishes have joined the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, as 112 Ukraine reported citing Presidential Envoy at the Parliament Iryna Lutsenko.

“As for today, about 204 parishes have moved to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine during a month and a half. According to the statistics and desire of the parishes, thousands of the parishioners of the thousands of the parishes will do the same until the end of the year,” she said.

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On January 15, Iryna Lutsenko said that 70 parishes moved from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

On October 11, the Synodus lifted the anathema from Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyivan Patriarchate, and Makariy, Primate of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Filaret stated that the United Jubilee Bishops' Council would take place soon to create the unified Ukrainian local church.

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The ceremony of signing of the Tomos took place on January 5, 2019, in Istanbul. On January 6, 2019, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew handed the Tomos on autocephaly and bishops’ crosier to Head of Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Epifaniy. The same day, Tomos landed in Kyiv.

On January 30, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine was registered as entity.

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On February 3, the Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Epifaniy was officially enthroned. The ceremony was held during the liturgy at the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv. Thus, Epifaniy has become the Metropolitan of Kyiv and of all Ukraine from the moment of enthronement.

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