Belarusian Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church
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Belarusian Exarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church
Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, the central Orthodox church of Minsk

The Belarusian Orthodox Church (BOC; Belarusian: ? , Russian: ?) is the official name of the Belarusian Exarchate (Belarusian: , Russian: ) of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belarus.[1] It represents the union of Russian Orthodox eparchies in the territory of the Republic of Belarus and is the largest religious organization in the country, uniting the predominant majority of its Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Bishop Beniamin (Vitaly Ivanovich Tupieko) became the Patriarchal Exarch of the Belarusian Orthodox Church in 2020.[2]

The church enjoys a much lower degree of autonomy than the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which is a semi-autonomous entity associated with the Russian Orthodox Church.

The Belarusian Orthodox Church strongly opposes the minor and largely emigration-based Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

Structure

Structurally, the Belarusian Orthodox Church consists of 11 eparchies:

  • Eparchy of Babruysk and Bykhau
  • Eparchy of Brest and Kobryn
  • Eparchy of Vitsebsk and Orsha
  • Eparchy of Homel and Zhlobin
  • Eparchy of Hrodna and Vaukavysk
  • Eparchy of Mahiliou and Mstsislau
  • Eparchy of Minsk and Slutsk
  • Eparchy of Navahrudak and Lida
  • Eparchy of Pinsk and Luninets
  • Eparchy of Polatsk and Hlybokaye
  • Eparchy of Turau and Mazyr

External links

References

  1. ^ Zaprudnik, Jan (2003). "Belarus: in search of national identity between 1986 and 2000". In Korosteleva, Elena; Lawson, Colin; Marsh, Rosalind (eds.). Contemporary Belarus: Between Democracy and Dictatorship. London: Routledge. p. 119. ISBN 9781135789480. Retrieved 2021. Orthodox Christian believers are organised in the Belarusian Orthodox Church (BOC), since 1989 an exarchate [...].
  2. ^ , ? ? ? ?, ? ? - " ? 25 ? 2020 ?. ( No 46) ? ? , ? ? ?, ? ? ? .
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