Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
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in full communion
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with the Holy See
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, and is directly subject to the Pope
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. The Primate
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of the Church holds the office of Archbishop-Major of Kiev
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and All Rus, though the hierarchs of the church have acclaimed their primate "Patriarch
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" and have requested Papal recognition of, and elevation to, this title.