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Orthodoxy in the Philippines

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Updated info on the Russian Orthodox Diocese of the Philippines with external links.
[[Image:Filipinorthodox.jpg‎|left|Filipino Orthodox faithful in Paranaque, Manila]]Within the Ecumenical Patriarchate's [[Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia]], there are currently three Filipino Orthodox priests in the Philippines, along with four nuns, and are administratively under an ecclesiastical vicar from Greece. In these communities, the Divine Liturgy and other Orthodox worship services are said in English, Greek and Filipino.
In 2007 the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Mission in the Philippines[], was established under the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]. In 2008, two Filipino denominations were received into the Antiochian church, including 32 communities with some 6000 believers. These denominations - one ex-protestant, led by Fr Jeptah Aniceto, and one ex-independent, led by Fr Pascualito Monsanto - formed two vicariates, based in Davao and Manila respectively. In 2009 Jeptah Aniceto [ left the Antiochian Orthodox Church] to pursue native religious teaching in Africa, and now [ identifies as a Muslim]. Many of his followers left the Antiochian Church; some connected with an [[Old Calendarist]] group under Bishop Kleopas (Daclan).
In 2013, clergy from both ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate responded to requests from Filipino groups for catechism and baptism. Two dioceses of the [ Iglesia Filipina Independiente ("Aglipayans"] entered into a period of catechism, and beginning in 2015 many several parishes were received in mass baptisms[][]. In 2017 a hieromonk was sent from Russia to reestablish the parish of the Iveron Icon of the Theotokos, originally established in 1935 but destroyed in 1945by bombing during World War II. On July 17In February, 20172019, mission clergy and leaders were commissioned by Archbishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, chancellor a [ Diocese of the Moscow Patriarchate in East and South Asia Philippines] was established within the Russian Orthodox [https Patriarchal Exarchate of Southeast Asia]. [https:/2017/ priests]. Three priests now serve the Russian mission which now numbers approximately twenty thirty parishes and mission communities.
There are also some [[Independent Orthodox churches|independent groups]] in the Philippines that use the term ''Orthodox'' in their names but are not in communion with or are recognized by any canonical Orthodox church.
==See also==
* [[Exarchate of the Philippines|Exarchate of the Philippines, Ecumenical Patriarchate]]
* [[Philemon (Castro)]]

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