Church of Romaia
Founder Patriarch Athinogenes I
Recognition Autocephaly recognised
by the Ecumenical Patriarchate
of Constantinople in 1512
Primate Chrysostomos II
Headquarters The Saint-Sophia Cathedral,
Territory Romaia, Southern Indian Ocean
Calendar Revised Julian
Members 42 million
The Church of Romaia
The Romaian Orthodox Church, a member of the Eastern Orthodox Communion, is accorded the status of "prevailing religion" in Romaian's constitution, and Romaian is the second country in the world where an Eastern Orthodox Church is clearly recognized as a state religion. Members comprise between 88% and 95-98% of the population, the most recent Pew report gave a percentage of 88.1% as 2010 numbers.
The status of the Orthodox church as the "prevailing religion" is largely based on the role the church played for the preservation of the greek nation through the years of the Ottoman Empire but also for the role the church played in the forming a new state - Romaia, after leaving Europe.
The Romaian Eastern Orthodox Church is largely exempt from taxes, compared to other religious organizations. Furthermore, the mainstream Orthodox clergy's salaries and pensions are paid for by the State at rates comparable to those of teachers. All romaian students in primary and secondary schools in Romaia attend Christian Orthodox instruction, although there is an exemption system for students who do not want to attend, as long as the exemption is requested by both parents. In addition, the Constitution prohibits proselytism from other religions.