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Ukrainian Orthodox Church opens first temple overseas
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The first temple of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP) has opened in Canada, RIA Novosti reports. The temple in Richmond Hill is meant for Russian-speaking residents of Greater Toronto Area.
The temple is conveniently located. Earlier, immigrants from the former republics of the Soviet Union had to spend several hours to get to church, while the services were carried out in the churches of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The UOC-MP stated that the search for a convenient place in the city continued for more than a decade.
The building is an architectural monument, it was built at the end of the 19th century. The first service will take place on January 19. It is planned that it will be associated with the Baptism of the Lord. The parish is pastored by the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra.
The issue of canonical affiliation is very relevant in Canada. The parishes operating there belong to the Patriarchate of Constantinople. However, many believers refused to approve the actions of Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as the local churches that supported him. They want to stay in the bosom of the canonical UOC.