OCP News Service – 16/12/18
Kiev- Ukraine: The Unification council held on 15/12/18 at the St. Sophia Cathedral (Kiev) elected Metropolitan Epiphany as the new Primate of the newly established ‘Ukrainian Orthodox Church’. Epiphany (Serhiy Dumenko) is the Metropolitan of Pereiaslav and Bila Tserkvaof of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kyiv Patriarchate. He is the rector of the Kyiv Orthodox Theological Academy as well.
Epiphany was elected as the so-called ‘Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine’. The new Church according to its charter will be known as the ‘Orthodox Church of Ukraine’ or the ‘Ukrainian Orthodox Church’. Representatives of the three major Orthodox Chruch took part in the so-called unification Council. However, only two Bishops from the Ukranian Orthodox Chruch – Moscow Patriarchate attended the council.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was the one to announce the name of the newly elected Primate. He hopes to travel to Constantinople in January with the new Primate to receive the ‘Tomos of Autocephaly’ from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Russian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate) has condemned the council as uncanonical. Russian Orthodox sources also quoted that the Moscow Patriarchate will work towards Ukraine, despite the creation of a new national Church.
OCP News Service