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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Yearbook for Orthodox Churches

I came into my office today to find a surprise from a publisher of a book I didn't even know was in the works. In its size, red colour, typeface, and organization, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Vatican yearbook, the Annuario Pontificio, though this new book is about one-third the size of the Annuario. But it fills the same function, offering contact information for, and background information on, Orthodox bishops, dioceses, and institutions around the world, including both Byzantine and Oriental Orthodox churches.

Compiled by the Institute for Ecumenical Studies at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, Orthodoxia 2016-2017 (Münster: Aschendorff Verlag, 2016, vi+404pp.) is just the sort of thing you need to have to hand to find out what graduate degrees the Greek Orthodox bishop of Buenos Aires holds, or what the e-mail address is for the Armenian Apostolic primate in Sydney, Australia.

To read the preface of this volume, and learn a little bit more about its genesis and contents, go here.

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