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Constantinople to dissolve the archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe
Constantinople is going to dissolve the archdiocese of Russian Orthodox churches in Western Europe, Lenta.ru reports. This archdiocese is a part of The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The decision was made at the meeting of the Holy Synod in Phanar.
The centre of the Patriarchal Exarchate for Orthodox Parishes of the Russian Tradition in Western Europe is located in Paris. The archdiocese consists of parishes created by the Russian emigres of the first wave. They were forced to leave Russia after the Great October Socialist Revolution. Currently the exarchate consists of 65 parishes, more than 30 civil parishes, approximately 10 churches, 2 monasteries and 7 priories.
In October Russkiy Mir reported the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) to have announced the impossibility of further Eucharistic communion with Constantinople because of its will to provide the autocephaly to the Ukrainian schismatics. The Patriarch of Constantinople abolished the XVIIth century decision to refer the Metropolis of Kyiv to the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church also abolished the Eucharistic communion with the Patriarch of Constantinople in the middle of November. This measure finds its explanation in the unlawful interference of Constantinople in the inner affairs of the local church.
Patriarch Kirill believes that the actions of Constantinople reflect a global order to destruct the ROC. Meanwhile, the poll results suggest that the majority of Orthodox priests in Ukraine and parishioners of Ukrainian churches do not support the withdrawal from the Moscow Patriarchate.