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Welcome to the media information page of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. This page is intended as a resource to provide basic information about the Antiochian Archdiocese for journalists.

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America is an archdiocese of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. It traces its roots to first century Antioch (modern-day Antakya, Turkey), the city in which the disciples of Jesus Christ were first called Christians (Acts 11:26). The Patriarchate is headed by His Beatitude John X from Damascus, Syria. In addition to its continuing presence in Syria and Lebanon, the Antiochian Patriarchate has archdioceses in Europe; Asia; North, Central and South America; and Australia and New Zealand.

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America includes over 275 cathedrals, churches, and missions throughout the United States and Canada. The Archdiocese is headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph. His Eminence was elected as Metropolitan on July 3rd, 2014 by the Holy Synod of Antioch in Balamand, Lebanon, following the March 2014 passing of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip Saliba, who had led the Archdiocese since 1966. Metropolitan Joseph will be officially enthroned by Patriarch John X during the weekend of December 5 through 7, 2014, at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn, New York. The actual enthronement will take place in conjunction with a Prayer of Thanksgiving on Saturday, December 6.

The Church of Antioch was established by the Apostles Paul and Barnabas in 42 A.D., with St. Peter serving for the next eight years as its first prelate. The Church of Antioch is one of the five ancient Patriarchates of the Christian Church, along with Alexandria, Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Rome. Antiochians are in full communion with other Orthodox Christian jurisdictions, such as the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Church in America, as well as many other Orthodox jurisdictions around the world.