Bangui, Central African Republic, July 5, 2022
The Russian Orthodox Church’s African Exarchate continues to expand throughout the territory of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
“We have received our first certificate of registration in Africa. From now, ‘The Russian Orthodox Church in the Central African Republic (Moscow Patriarchate. Patriarchal Exarch of Africa)’ is now active in the CAR,” the Metropolitan writes on his Telegram channel.
The Exarchate held its first services in the country on July 2, at the Russian House in the capital city of Bangui, when Fr. George Maximov, who is considered defrocked by the Patriarchate of Alexandria, blessed water and then blessed the premises of the Russian House.
Met. Leonid also reports that the Exarchate received several communities in the Central African Republic that previously made up the non-canonical “Byzantine Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.”
The group was headed by a “bishop” and four “priests” who all gave up their positions and were received into the Church as simple laymen together with the other 147 members of their communities.