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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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== The Archdiocese Today ==
Its current primate is Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|PHILIP (Saliba)]], who has six other diocesan [[bishop]]s assisting him in caring for the nine [[diocese]]s of the growing Archdiocese, which is the third largest Orthodox Christian [[jurisdiction]] in North America. It also includes the [[Western Rite Vicariate]], a group of about 20 [[parish]]es who follow the [[Western Rite]].
On 9 October 2003 the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Church of Antioch]] granted the Archdiocese's request to be granted self-rule (as distinct from [[autonomy]], though the words have the same literal meaning) to allow it to better govern itself, improve and increase its outreach efforts, internally organize itself into several dioceses, and progress further on the road to the administrative unity of the Orthodox Church in the Americas.
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