Religion in Ukraine

The dominant religion is Christianity in Ukraine, represented by the Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic faiths. In a much lesser extent are Judaism and Islam. Between Christian denominations there is a tough confrontation. The church has over 9000 parishes. According to recent sociological data, 69% of the Ukrainian Orthodox belongs specifically to the UOC MP. The positions of the UOC-MP are the strongest in central and eastern Ukraine and in Crimea.

Second on the influence of Orthodox denomination is the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Kiev Patriarchate (UOC-KP), headed by Patriarch Filaret (Denisenko). The church has approximately 3000 parishes. The biggest impact it has in central Ukraine. In addition, the UOC-KP is associated with the western Ukrainian diaspora, and has congregations in the United States and Canada.

The third largest Orthodox Church - the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church (UAOC) has about 1,000 congregations. The church was founded in the 20s. In Soviet times its administrative center was located in Canada.

Indeed, most faithful of Ukrainian citizens - Christians. Ukraine - the first Eastern Slavic state, in which Christianity was preached. There are reliable data on the Apostle Andrew, who is in the I century preached the doctrine of Christ in the Crimea. Already in the 10th century an extensive system of beliefs, Christianity as a religion in Ukraine, has found a favorable social, political and ethnic violence.

Armenians, who live in Ukraine, united into Armenian-Gregorian church. There are among the supporters of religious life in Ukraine among Kiev escorts and the representatives of the Protestant Christian denominations: Baptists, Lutherans, Adventists, Calvinists, and others.

Have their union supporters in Ukraine and some non-traditional Eastern European religions: Buddhists, Hare Krishnan, and Pagans. Overall, the picture of religious life in Ukraine is quite colorful, but the proponents of different religions and faiths coexist peacefully with each other. The key to peace among religions in Ukraine have always been tolerant and peace-loving Ukrainians, their religious tolerance and free thinking. Both large and small Ukrainian towns - churches, cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues - always ready to take their supporters from all over the world.

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