Law on renaming UOC-MP to apply to another four churches
The law on renaming churches will apply to another four religious organizations in addition to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP).
According to the list of the Ministry of Culture published in the government's official newspaper Uriadovy Kurier on January 26, the law applies to organizations that are part of the following religious associations: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (in unity with the Russian Orthodox Church (UOC-MP); the Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC); the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church (the Bezpopovtsy movement), another name is the Pomorian Old Orthodox Church; the Russian Old Orthodox Church (Novozybkov Hierarchy); the Russian Orthodox Old Believer Church.
The above-mentioned religious organizations within three months should make amendments to their statutory documents provided under Part 7 Article 12 of the Law "On Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations" and submit them for registration as required.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on December 20 passed a bill to rename the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP). Later, the document was signed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.