It constitutes the third most important Orthodox Church, after those Russian and
Rumanian. The Patriarchy is in Athens.
The Church is not a member of the World Council of Churches, despite which it has suffered the old-calendar schism more than the other Orthodox churches. The Ecumenical Patriarchy is the Greek Patriarchy par excellence: those faithful to the Patriarchy in Turkey are Greeks, Greek Orthodox in Diaspora depend on the Patriarchy. Further the dioceses of the so called New Earth (Thrace) are formally dependents of the Ecumenical Patriarchy but under the Administration of the Church of Greece: the Bishops play part of both the one and the other Synod; the dioceses of the island of Dodecanese are directly dependent on the Patriarchy and likewise the semi-autonomous Church of Crete.
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