Page 5, 27th December 1940

27th December 1940
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Page 5, 27th December 1940 — Church in Albania and Greece

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Church in Albania and Greece

THERE are roughly 100,000 Catholics in Albania and Greece. Two Archdioceses and three Bishoprics. 530,000 of the inhabitants are Mohammedan and the rest Orthodox.

The Orthodox Church formerly recognised the supremacy of the Patriarch of Constantinople, hut after the great war a national Orthodox Church was set up which was recognised by the other orthodox national churches with the exception of that of Constantinople.

A Catholic hierarchy was set up in Greece in 1875, consisting of three Archbishops, three Bishops and one Vicar Apostolic.

The state church is Orthodox under a Metropolitan who is assi.sted by a Synod of nine. There are ninety-two orthodox dioceses, ninety per cent. of the population being Orthodox.

In 1936 the Pan Orthodox Congress was held in Athens to clarify the attitude of the Orthodox Church towards Protestantism but no clear attitude could be defined as many factions were decidedly against any collaboration with Protestantism.

It' can even be said that this congress was in favour of a reunion with the Catholic Church.

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