His task then became one of reestablishing the Orthodox Autocephalous Church
The choice of the place in this respect seems extremely appropriate to us: in the heart of the Eastern Mediterranean, a meeting place for the great Abrahamic religions, home of the Autocephalous Church
of Cyprus, which was founded by the Apostle of the Nations Paul and the Apostles Barnabas and Mark.
In July, 1992, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople restored the institutional church, and Anastasios was enthroned as archbishop of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church
The autocephalous Church
of Cyprus remains one of the few religious organisations in the continent that pays its own priests using the vast wealth amassed over the centuries.
On January 6-8, 2006, at their third formal conference in Cetinje, representatives of the orthodox churches of Georgia, Ukraine, Italy, Bulgaria, and Montenegro adopted a Declaration of Unanimous Support to the Montenegrin Autocephalous Church
This comparison with contemporary autocephalous Orthodox Churches, however, needs even further qualification: Afanassieff criticized this model because it ascribes autonomy only to the autocephalous church
and not to the dioceses (as eucharistic centers) that form it.
Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania is head of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church
of Albania and professor emeritus of the National University of Athens.
The Catholic Church technically recognizes the validity of orders in the Autocephalous Church
Movement (the Catholic Apostolic Church), which has ordained women since the 1960's, but since it receives persons ordained by the movement as laypersons, it has made no statement regarding the validity of women's ordination within the movement.
Towards the end of our discussion, when we were having to decide between a number of themes, Archbishop Anastasios, of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church
of Albania, spoke.
The city of the Thermaikos gulf, as well as the entire autocephalous Church
of Greece, has a special connection with St Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles, and it has been blessed with two of his epistles.
A new autocephalous church
would be clearly recognized if all of the Orthodox churches gathered in a council would proclaim it such.
The argument of the Macedonian Orthodox leaders (as yet totally rejected by other Orthodox churches) is that every independent nation deserves to have its own autocephalous church