Orthodox Church of Ukraine

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The Orthodox Church of Ukraine is an autocephalous member of the Eastern Orthodox Church established by Bartholomew I in 2019.[1] This new body unites the Church of Ukraine (Kiev Patriarchate) and Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church but does not contain Church of Ukraine (Moscow Patriarchate) that is autonomous under the Church of Russia.[1] Its claim to autocephaly has, to date, only been recognized by the Church of Constantinople which created it. Moreover, the head of the Church of Ukraine (Kiev Patriarchate), Philaret, denies that his Church has been dissolved and asserts that he remains Patriarch.[2]

Unlike the OCA, whose autocephaly is also not universally recognized in the Orthodox world but which is in communion with all local Churches, most local Orthodox Churches have neither recognized the autocephaly of this body nor entered into communion with it, still regarding it as schismatic, while continuing to support Metropolitan Onufriy as the canonical primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.


Autocephalous and Autonomous Churches of Orthodoxy
Autocephalous Churches
Four Ancient Patriarchates: Constantinople · Alexandria · Antioch · Jerusalem
Russia · Serbia · Romania · Bulgaria · Georgia · Cyprus · Greece · Poland · Albania · Czech Lands and Slovakia · OCA* · Ukraine*
Autonomous Churches
Sinai · Finland · Estonia* · Japan* · China* · Ukraine*
The * designates a church whose autocephaly or autonomy is not universally recognized.