ORTHODOX CHURCH OF UKRAINE OFFICIALLY REGISTERED
Institute of Religious Liberty, 31 January 2019
The Kiev Metropolia of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, having received a tomos concerning autocephaly from the ecumenical patriarch, registered its charter and completed state registration.
Information concerning this was entered on Wednesday, 30 January, into the Uniform State Register of Legal Entities and Natural Persons, Entrepreneurs, and Public Formations, the Institute of Religious Liberty reports.
The founder of the new legal entity [juridical person] is identified as the local unification council of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, which was held in Kiev on 15 December 2018. The primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine is Epifany (Dumenko), Metropolitan of Kiev and all-Ukraine.
The church received a dual name: Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine). In particular, according to information of the state register, the name of the legal entity is worded as follows: Kiev Metropolia of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Orthodox Church of Ukraine).
It should be noted that the name of the autocephalous church literally repeats the current name of the UPTs (in unity with the Moscow patriarchate), which is also exactly worded: Kiev Metropolia of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, only without the specification in parentheses.
As the Institute of Religious Liberty reported, in December 2018, the Ukrainian parliament adopted a law (draft No. 5309) that requires a change in the name of religious organizations that are a constituent element of the structure of a religious association whose administrative center is located in an aggressor state. According to a religious studies conclusion prepared by the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture, on the basis of the adopted law, the UPTs (in unity with the Moscow patriarchate) must change its name and that of its diocesan administrations and religious communities. (tr. by PDS, posted 1 February 2019)
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