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Whom is the paper referring to when it mentioned Orthodox Christians? What are their beliefs? I belong to a Christian church, and we believe Jesus is the only way to heaven. What group is representing the Orthodox Christians?

Orthodox Christians adhere to the principles of the Eastern Orthodox churches. These churches have roots in the earliest days of Christianity and do not recognize papal authority over their activities. These churches were part of the undivided Christendom until the Great Schism of 1054. The churches do not recognize Rome's bishop as being supreme over all other bishops. Eastern Orthodox churches are divided mostly on national lines, but all recognize the patriarch of Constantinople (Istanbul) as their leader. More than 200 million people adhere to Eastern Orthodox religion worldwide.


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