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The '''Holy Synod of
[[Milan]]''' originated as a [[diocese]] for Western Europe of an [[Old Calendarist]] Greek Orthodox Church (see also ''[http://orthodoxwiki.org/Old_Calendarist#The_Florinite.2FMatthewite_schism Florinites]''). The full name of this jurisdiction is '''Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Milan, Western Europe'''.
'''In 1992''', [[Metropolitan Ioan Bornachuk]] of Lviv, assured Metropolitan Evloghios about the full communion between the two churches.
'''In October 1993''', Metropolitan Evloghios, as Primate of the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of [[Milan]] and Western Europe, was invited in His dignity of First Hierarch in full communion with the [[Ukranian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.]] to partecipate at the sobor in Kiev for the election of the second Patriarch after [[Mstyslav]].
'''On December 27, 1996''' the Holy Synod of Milan responds to Patriarch [[w:Filaret (Denysenko)|Filaret (Denysenko)]] that it intended to accept the American episcopate with Chirotesia (John Lobue and Hilarion of Austin), despite the threats and formalizes the final break (protocol 36/1996 of December 27, 1996). Then the full communion with His Holiness Patriarch [[w:Filaret (Denysenko)|Filaret (Denysenko)]], ceased on December 27, 1996, before he was excomunicated from the Patriarch of Moscow Alexij II.
== 1997 Break of the relation with
Kiev - because the acceptance of the American bishops (John Lobue and Archbishop Hilarion of Texas)==
Since 1997 (before the breakdown of relationships with the [[Patriarchate of Kiev]], the Milan Synod included a number of [[Western Rite]] communities, mainly in the United States, who worship according to pre-schismatic (historically Orthodox) liturgical traditions with the support of the Metropolitan and of the [[Holy Synod]] of Bishops.
Anyway the principal rite of the Synod of Milan is the [[Byzantine Rite]] of the Orthodox Church, celebrated most commonly in the Slavic style but in some parishes in the Greek style.
== Ecclesiastical status ==
== Hierarchy 2013 ==
Evloghios of [[Milan]], First Hierarch
* Archbishop Boris of Germany
Bishop [[Vladimir of St. Julius Island]]* Bishop [[Abondius]] of [[w:Como|Como]] and Castrum Leuci ([[w:Lecco|Lecco]]) == Hierarchy 2008 == − The composition of the Synod in 2008, before the events of 2011, was as follows:<ref>Western Orthodox Wiki. ''[http://westernorthodox.wikispaces.com/The+Holy+Synod+of+Milan The Holy Synod of Milan].'' Retrieved: 2013-08-15.</ref> :'''Italy''' ::* Metropolitan EVLOGHIOS of Milan, First Hierarch ::* Archbishop LUCA of Torcello (now retired) ::* Archbishop ONUPHRIUS of Bergamo (Titular; the Archbishop is the Representative to Eastern Europe for the Synod) ::* Archbishop ABBONDIO of Como (Still with Milano Synod) :'''Spain''' ::* Bishop PABLO of Italica, bishop for Spain and Portugal ::* Bishop IDELFONSO of Valencia, vicar for Spain (Retired - the Synod of Milan have his recent letter - 10 august 2013 - anyway someone tells he left his jurisdiction and went under omophor of bishop John Lobue) :'''Germany''' ::* Bishop BORIS of Germany (Still in the Synod of Milan) :'''America''' ::* Archbishop HILARION of Austin (retired) ::* Archbishop JOHN of New York and New Jersey ::* Bishop PAVLOS of Maspeth
== Hierarchy 1995-96 ==
− The composition of the Synod in 1996, before the breakdown of relationship between Milan and Kiev (with Patriarch Filaret (Denisenko))
This Hierarchy is officially published in the bulletins of the Patriarchate of Kiev (see website of the Synod of Milan where they are currently available)