2019-09-05 13:06:00

Constantinople appoints head of "Russian exarchate" a metropolitan responsible for establishing new church in Ukraine

Moscow, September 5, Interfax - The Constantinople Synod appoints Metropolitan Emmanuel (Adamakis) of France head of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe also known as “Russian exarchate.”

As was reported by Orthodoxie.com, Patriarch Bartholomew in his protocol reminded about Archbishop John’s (Renneto) resignation from the post of the archdiocesan head and asks Metropolitan Emmanuel to take pastoral responsibility for communities of the former exarchate.

The patriarch also expressed confidence that the new head of the Archdiocese would “meet expectations of the Ecumenical Patriarchate” and demonstrate consistency and faithfulness.

Metropolitan Emmanuel became widely known late last year after he was appointed responsible for preparing the so-called unification council aimed at setting up a new church in Ukraine supported by then acting Ukrainian authorities, but still not recognized in the Orthodox world.

Appointment of the new head of the “Russian exarchate” was announced just a few days before its General Assembly which has to adopt a decision on the question of reunion with the Moscow Patriarchate.

As was reported, late in November 2018 the Synod in Istanbul adopted the unilateral decision on dismissing the “Russian exarchate” and suggested its clergy and believers to subordinate to local Greek hierarchs. The Archdiocese did not agree with this decision and started discussing options of its future, one of them was restoring unity with the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe (the Russian Exarchate) with center in Paris was set up on basis of Russian emigrants parishes after the Revolution of 1917. Since the 1930s it was administered by Constantinople, however in November, 2018 the Synod in Istanbul took a unilateral decision to dismiss the Russian exarchate and offered its clerics and believers to move under administration of local Greek bishops. The Archdiocese has not agreed with this decision and today is discussing variants of its future one of which is joining the Russian Orthodox Church.

The archdiocese has 65 parishes, 11 acting churches, two monasteries and seven hermitages in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Great Britain, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy and Spain, there are over 100 priests and 30 deacons among its clergy.