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The Patriarchate of Constantinople to dissolve the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe. It is reported Orthodoxie.com.
This decision was taken at a meeting of the Holy Synod at the Phanar. Its details are not specified yet.
The Western European Exarchate of Russian parishes of the Orthodox diocese in the composition of the Constantinople Patriarchate with its centre in Paris. The Archdiocese was formed from the parishes that were founded by escaped from Russia after the Civil war of 1917-1923. Just Exarchate has 65 parishes, 32 communities, 11 churches, 2 monasteries, hermitages 7.
In November, relations with Constantinople broke the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Patriarchate of Constantinople has accused that he became the path split, and stopped with him in Eucharistic communion.
Church schism in Ukraine escalated a few months ago. In September, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent into the country of their exarchs (the messengers) for the preparation of the country granting autocephaly (Church independence). In early October, at the Council of Constantinople of the Church he confirmed his intention to provide Ukraine with autocephaly, took of the anathema with the heads of schismatic churches, and restored its jurisdiction over the Kyivan Metropolitanate, which he handed to the Russian Orthodox Church in the XVII century. In this regard, the Russian Orthodox Church on 15 October broke Eucharistic communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
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