ROC has over half of Orthodox in the world..... [???]
- According to U.S. researchers, the Russian Orthodox Church has more than half of all Orthodox Christians in the world[ND wasn't able to find the original Pew Research article]30 September 2013 17:17According to estimates of the American Research Group The Pew Research Center there are 260,380,000 Orthodox Christians in the world.The list names the ten countries with the largest largest Orthodox population: Russia, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Romania, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia. As mentioned in the review in Ethiopia and Egypt, most of the population professing Christianity belongs to the Coptic and Ethiopian churches that are part of a family of so-called "non-Chalcedonian" churches.Three countries on the list - Russia (101,405,000 Orthodox inhabitants), Ukraine (34,850,000 Orthodox), and Belarus (5.9 million Orthodox) - are included in the canonical territory of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Orthodox population in these countries is 54.7 percent of the total number of Orthodox Christians worldwide.In total, the Russian Orthodox Church ministers to Orthodox residents in 14 countries. In addition to Russia Ukraine, Belarus, this number includes Moldova, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, China and Japan. In addition, the communities of the Moscow Patriarchate exist in many countries of the world where the Russian-speaking diaspora lives.The Orthodox population of these states is 54.7 percent of the total number of Orthodox Christians worldwide.