The Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate met remotely today and resolved to establish a diocese in the Republic of Armenia.
According to the Synod’s resolution, His Eminence Archbishop Leonid of Klin is appointed to the newly established diocese, with the title “of Yerevan and Armenia,” with his cathedra in the capital city of Yerevan.
He will remain the Deputy Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations.
Since 2016, the churches in Armenia had been part of a stavropegial Patriarchal Deanery, directly subordinate to Patriarch Kirill, with Abp. Leonid serving as administrator. Before that, they had been part of various dioceses of the Russian Church.
As of November 2019, there were eight churches with regular services. According to Archpriest Arseny Grigoriantis, the majority of the parishioners are Orthodox Armenians, although the vast majority of Armenians are part of the Armenian Apostolic Church which is part of the non-Chalcedonian communion of churches.