Moscow, February 26, Interfax - The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has resolved to open four dioceses on the territory of the Patriarchal Exarchate in Southeast Asia, which was created late last year.
"Four dioceses have been formed as part of the Patriarchal Exarchate in Southeast Asia: the Singaporean, Korean, Thai, and Filipino-Vietnamese. It has been decided that Metropolitan Sergei of Singapore and Southeast Asia will be the governing archbishop of the Singaporean dioceses, and he has also been entrusted with the temporary running of the other three," Vladimir Legoyda, head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations, told reporters after the Synod on Tuesday.
The meeting focused on managerial organization at the exarchates in Asia and in Western Europe, also created last December. The Synod has approved internal regulations for both.
It was reported that the creation of the two patriarchal exarchates was the ROC's response to Constantinople's anti-canonical decisions on Ukraine.