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Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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However, after the [[Bolshevik Revolution]] threw the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]] and its faithful abroad into chaos, the Orthodox Arab faithful in North America, simultaneously shaken by the death of their beloved bishop St. Raphael, chose to come under the direct care of the [[Church of Antioch|Patriarchate of Antioch]]. Due to internal conflicts, however, the Antiochian Orthodox faithful in North America were divided between two [[archdiocese]]s, those of New York and Toledo, generally representing those who were loyal to the [[Church of Antioch]] and the [[Church of Russia]], respectively.
With the signing of the Articles of Reunification by Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|PHILIP (Saliba)]] and Metropolitan [[Michael (Shaheen) of Toledo|MICHAEL (Shaheen)]] in 1975, the two Antiochian Orthodox archdioceses were united as one Archdiocese of North America (now with its headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey). Metropolitan PHILIP became the primate and Metropolitan MICHAEL became an auxiliary archbishop. Since then the Archdiocese has experienced rapid and significant growth through the conversion of a number of Evangelical Protestants (both individually and as congregations) and also through ongoing evangelization and the immigration of Orthodox Arabs from the Middle East.  
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