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 the '''Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Milan, Western Europe'''.
Today Metropolitan Evloghios remains at the helm of the Holy Synod of bishops of the Church of Milan, which comprises eight [[diocese]]s, five in Europe, as well as missionary deaneries in England, France and South Africa.
As of 2008, the current makeup of the Synod is as follows. In Europe:Metropolitan EVLOGHIOS of Milan, First Hierarch Archbishop ONUPHRIUS of Bergamo (Titular; the Archbishop is the Representative to Eastern Europe for the Synod) Bishop ABBONDIO of Como
Retired or Withdrew:
Bishop PABLO of Italica, bishop for Spain and Portugal
Bishop Ildefonso of Valencia Bishop BORIS of Germany Prior to the American Archdioceses becoming an independent Metropolia and ceasing communion with the Milan Synod, the ranks were formerly as follows: Archbishop HILARION of Austin Archbishop JOHN of New York and New Jersey ( now Metropolitan of the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles) Bishop PAVLOS of Maspeth (+2011) The Milan Synod uses the [[ Julian calendar]] exclusively, and "firmly resists the [[ heresy|heresies]] of false [[ecumenism]] and trans-religious syncretism. "[http://www.odox.net/Synod.htm]
Since 1997 the Milan Synod includes 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. 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.
On February 14/27, 2011, the Synod announced that it had granted full autonomy to its American Dioceses, elevating Archbishop JOHN of New York to the rank of Metropolitan and erecting the [[Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles]] . Communion between the Autonomous Metropolia of the Americas and the British Isle and the Milan Synod ceased effectively April 4, 2011. The Milan Synod was required by Patriarch Kyril to cease communion with any previous sister churches. The American Metropolia responded confirming the ceasation.
As with all of the [[Old Calendarist]] jurisdictions, the Milan Synod is not currently in communion with the mainstream Orthodox churches. It is currently in
dalogue with the Moscow Patriarchate, and it has ceased communion with its sister synods in America, Greece, and Bulgaria.
orthodoxchristians. eu Official Website of the Autonomous Orthodox Church of Milan (Holy Synod of Milan) (Italian , with Some English and Spanish) * [http://ihtis.wordpress.com News from the Milan Synod maintained by Bp Abbondio of Como]
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