UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
The UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (UCC) is the largest of
the Eastern Catholic Churches sui juris.
The UCC is a Church of the Byzantine rite which is in full
ecclesial communion with the Pope of Rome and acknowledges
his spiritual and jurisdictional authority. In this context
"rite" means liturgical, theological, spiritual and
OTHER NAMES FOR THIS CHURCH: Uniate Church; Greek Catholic
Church; Greco-Catholic Church; Ukrainian Catholic Church;
Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Byzantine rite; Kyivan
The name Greek Catholic Church was introduced by the Empress
Maria-Teresa in 1774 to distinguish this Church from the
Roman Catholic and Armenian Catholic Churches.
In official church documents the term Ecclesia Ruthena unita
was used. In 1960 the name Ukrainian Catholic Church started
to be used in official documents to refer to Ukrainian
Catholics in the diaspora and the underground Church in
Soviet Ukraine. In the papal statistical annual Annuario
Pontificio the name Ukrainian Catholic Church of the
Byzantine rite is used. At the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC
(September 1999) the name Kyivan Catholic Church was
proposed, to emphasize the identity of this Church.