As reported by Censor.NET, 229 MPs have supported the existing law on amending certain laws on the subordination of religious organizations and procedures for state registration of religious organizations with the status of legal entities.
MP Bryhynets told Censor.NET that "the bill is very humane, because it grants religious communities the new rights. As of today, more than half of the votes are needed for a religious community to convert, and according to the new bill only two thirds of votes are required. So, if someone from the community forgot to attend a meeting, his vote will no longer be decisive. Two thirds of votes are enough for the community to convert. If there are no two thirds (of votes), then the process continues and terms for conversion will arise or not arise in the future."
Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP and President’s Representative in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko said earlier that nearly 70 parishes of UOC (MP) came under the jurisdiction of Orthodox Church in Ukraine.
December 15, the Congregative Convocation where Orthodox Church in Ukraine was created took place in Kyiv. Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Rus Epiphanius (Dumenko) was appointed as a leader of the newly created church. January 5, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed Tomos of autocephaly for OCU, and January 6, he passed the document to Metropolitan Epiphanius.