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Eastern Orthodox Church: Second-largest Christian church
The Eastern Orthodox Church, officially the Orthodox Catholic Church, is the second-largest Christian church, with approximately 220 million baptised members. It operates as a communion of autocephalous churches, each governed by its bishops in local synods. Roughly half of Eastern Orthodox Christians live in the former Soviet Union, most of those living in Russia. The church has no central doctrinal or governmental authority analogous to the bishop of Rome, but the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople is recognised by all as primus inter pares of the bishops. As one of the oldest surviving religious institutions in the world, the Eastern Orthodox Church has played a prominent role in the history and culture of Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the Caucasus, and the Near East.

Suspect arrested in Lyon after attack on Orthodox priest [Video]

Suspect arrested in Lyon after attack on Orthodox priest

The priest, who was shot at around 16h CET on Saturday, is in a serious condition.View on euronews

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Orthodox priest shot at church in France [Video]

Orthodox priest shot at church in France

A Greek Orthodox priest has been shot outside his church in the French city ofLyon, and police are hunting the assailant. The priest is in a local hospitalwith life-threatening injuries after being hit..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:30Published

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