Church of Russia

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Patriarchate of Moscow
Founder(s) Apostle Andrew, St. Vladimir of Kiev
Autocephaly/Autonomy declared 1448
Autocephaly/Autonomy recognized 1589 by Constantinople
Current primate Patriarch Alexei II
Headquarters Moscow, Russia
Primary territory Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, some former Soviet republics
Possessions abroad United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, China
Liturgical language(s) Church Slavonic
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate 90,000,000[1]
Official website Church of Russia

The Church of Russia is one of the autocephalous Orthodox churches, ranking fifth after Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, and Jerusalem. It exercises jurisdiction over Orthodox Christians in Russia and surrounding Slavic lands, as well as exarchates and patriarchal representation churches around the world. It also exercises jurisdiction over the autonomous Church of Japan and Orthodox Christians in China. The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia is currently His Holiness Alexei II.


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