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Orthodoxy in the Philippines

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Orthodoxy in the Philippines today
Within the Ecumenical Patriarchate's [[Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia]], there are currently three Filipino Orthodox priests in the Philippines under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople 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.
Since 2006, the Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan-Archbishop of Australian and New Zealand, [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand|Paul (Saliba)]], has received contact from several families interested in an Antiochian presence in the Philippines. In response, a study center has been established at St Andrew's Episcopal Seminary, metropolitan Manila, the purpose of which is to stimulate interest in Orthodox theology and history within the local Filipino population. The rector of this center is Abbot Kristofor, who is interested in gathering those interested in Orthodoxy and forming small parish communities within the settlement areas of the Philippines. The Antiochian Patriarch, [[Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch|Ignatius]], is also supportive of the local Filipino population merging Orthodox practice with their own culture. The coming of the Antiochian presence has not been without protest from existing Orthodox 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.

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