UGCC creates a new diocese and appoints its new hierarch
On September 12, the Vatican reported that Pope Francis approved the decision of the Synod of Bishops of the UGCC to establish the Diocese of Chernivtsi. His Eminence Joshaphat (Moshchych) was appointed its first bishop.
According to the Vatican Radio, the newly formed Chernivtsi Diocese, with its seat in Chernivtsi, has been separated from the territory of the present-day Diocese of Kolomyia and Chernivtsi and has been attached to the Metropolitanate of Ivano-Frankivsk.
The Synod of the Bishops of the UGCC chose Bishop Josafat (Moshchych), the current Assistant Bishop of the Archeparchy of Ivano-Frankivsk as the first eparchial governor.