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Ecumenical Patriarchate
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The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople is the ranking church within the communion of the 14 autocephalous and 2 autonomous churches that presently compose Orthodox Christianity (Orthodox Church). The patriarch of Constantinople, present-day Istanbul, is regarded as the “first among equals” within the hierarchy of Orthodox bishops. His full title is “Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch.” The patriarchate includes episcopal sees—metropolitanates, archdioceses, and dioceses—not only in Turkey and Greece but a…

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FitzGerald, Thomas, “Ecumenical Patriarchate”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E98>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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