OCU MAY BECOME PATRIARCHATE; MORE MP PARISHES JOIN OCU

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, Kyiv. See of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine.

Two very brief reports relevant to the newly recognized autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU) appeared earlier today at UkrInform. 

In the first, Archbishop Daniel (Zelinsky) of Pamphilon, one of two exarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to Ukraine and a hierarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America, summarizes the manner in which the Orthodox Church of Ukraine could be designated a Patriarchate, with a Primate styled “Patriarch.”

In the second, we read that—in one region alone—seventeen Ukrainian parishes have already left the Moscow Patriarchate (MP) for the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. These rapidly growing numbers suggest that, appropriately, canonicity matters as much to Ukrainian Orthodox believers as their political and ecclesiastical independence from Moscow.

Please take a moment to read the reports at the source.

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