Metropolis of Corfu, Paxoi and the Diapontian Islands
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The Metropolis of Corfu, Paxoi and the Diapontian Islands ( el, Ιερά Μητρόπολις Κερκύρας, Παξών και Διαποντίων Νήσων) is a
metropolitan see Metropolitan may refer to: * Metropolitan area A metropolitan area or metro is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core Urban means "related to a city". In that sense, the term may refer to: * Urban area, geographical area di ...
of the
Church of Greece The Church of Greece ( el, Ἐκκλησία τῆς Ἑλλάδος, Ekklisía tis Elládos, ), part of the wider Greek Orthodox Church, is one of the autocephaly, autocephalous churches which make up the communion of Eastern Orthodox Church, Ea ...
. Its seat is the town of Corfu (city), Corfu on the island of Corfu in northwestern Greece. It encompasses the entire Corfu Prefecture, i.e. not only the island of Corfu, but also the two small island groups of Paxoi and the Diapontian Islands.


History

The foundation of the see of Corfu exists is attributed to the establishment of a shrine to Saint Stephen there by two disciples of Saint Paul, Jason of Tarsus and Sosipater, Sosipatrus of Achaea. Its bishops are attested as participating in ecumenical councils from 325 to 787, originally as suffragans of Nicopolis and later of Cephallenia. As with the other sees of the praetorian prefecture of Illyricum, Illyricum, it was transferred from the See of Rome to the overall jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the 8th century. It was raised to the status of an archbishopric in the second half of the 10th century, and finally became a
metropolitan see Metropolitan may refer to: * Metropolitan area A metropolitan area or metro is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core Urban means "related to a city". In that sense, the term may refer to: * Urban area, geographical area di ...
sometime in the third quarter of the 11th century. Following the conquest of the island by Western powers (the Republic of Genoa, Genoese, Republic of Venice, Venetians, and Capetian House of Anjou, Angevins) from the turn of the 13th century, a Roman Catholic archbishopric was established on the island, first attested in 1228. Under Catholic rule, the local Orthodox Christian population was served by a head priest (''protopapas''). The Orthodox bishopric was not restored until 1800, after the fall of the Republic of Venice and the establishment of the Septinsular Republic.


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Official website
{{Authority control Corfu (regional unit) Dioceses of the Church of Greece, Corfu Eastern Orthodox dioceses in Greece, Corfu History of Corfu