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Russian Orthodox Synod decides to set up exarchates in Western Europe and Southeast Asia

December 29, 2018, 1:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The press secretary to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said a patriarchal exarchate in Western Europe will be based in Paris

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The meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

The meeting of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

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MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has decided to set up a patriarchal exarchate in Western Europe and an exarchate in Southeast Asia, Alexander Volkov, the press secretary to Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, said on Friday after a Synod meeting.

"The Holy Synod’s decision is to set up a patriarchal exarchate in Western Europe that will be based in Paris," he said.

"In view of serious achievements of the Russian Orthodox Church’s mission in Southeast Asia, it was decided to establish a patriarchal exarchate in Southeast Asia, based in Singapore," he added.

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