Ukraine's Orthodox Church to change name after provision of Tomos, - Constantinople

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Church will not be called "Ukrainian Orthodox Church" as it belongs to Christ, not to some nation
19:48, 2 November 2018

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The new united church in Ukraine will be called 'the Orthodox Church in Ukraine' - after the provision of the Tomos. Archbishop Job of Telmessos (Gecha), the representative of Constantinople Patriarchate made such statement, as BBC Ukraine reported.

'It will not be 'Ukrainian Orthodox Church' anymore, as the church is one and only. It belongs to Christ, not to some nation or state. A new church will be called in another way, the 'Orthodox Church in Ukraine',' he said.

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Archbishop Job of Telmessos had refrained from answering the question when the council will be gathered to create a new church body. According to him, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will call this council when he decides that the time has come.

'Ukrainian Orthodox Church' is the official legal name of the Orthodox Church branch of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Job of Telmessos also claimed that from the canonic point of view, there is no more Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate in Ukraine as on October 11, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate abolished the Act of 1686. Back then, Ecumenical Patriarchate recognized Russia’s Orthodox Church annexation of Kyiv metropole in 1686 illegal.

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

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