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17735Lviv-Sambir Eparchy of UAOC Decides to Join Kyivan Patriarchate

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Apr 8, 2013
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      Lviv-Sambir Eparchy of UAOC Decides to Join Kyivan Patriarchate
      5 April 2013

      The clergy of the Lviv-Sambir Eparchy of the Ukrainian Autocephalous
      Orthodox Church (UAOC) led by Bishop Ioan (Shvets) announced that they
      are leaving UAOC to join the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan
      Patriarchate. The decision was made at an extraordinary eparchial
      meeting on March 23, 2013, in Sambir of Lviv Oblast.

      “To recognize as necessary unification of UAOC and UOC-KP in one
      Ukrainian Orthodox Church. To recognize the status of affairs of UAOC as
      not conducive to the development of the autocephalous Orthodox Church in
      Ukraine and hindering its recognition by the Ecumenical Orthodoxy. To
      recognize further stay of Lviv-Sambir Eparchy in UAOC unadvisable and
      hindering the process of establishment in Ukraine of one Local Orthodox
      Church,” the website Pomisna.in.ua quoted the minutes of the meeting as

      The extraordinary assembly also passed a number of organizational
      decisions in this regard.