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  • The word orthodoxy (from the Greek orthodoxos meaning correct opinion) is applied to the Eastern Church with its Greek language liturgy which is considered to preserve the Christian heritage of the first centuries
  • The date of separation of the two churches is normally given as 1054, the year the Roman legate and the patriarchate of Constantinople came into direct conflict
  • After 1453, and the capture of Constantinople by the Turks, the churches split into independent (autocephalies) communions - most of these were European (Russian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox)
  • The Church of Greece is the national Church, orthodox and traces its ancestry to Orthodoxy in general


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