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    Wee Mama

    the churches began with the apostles when they went around ordaining deacons and priests in the years after Christ's death. (For example, St Stephen was one of the first archdeacons ordained by the apostles and he was also the first martyr of the church). Over the following decades, you had the setting up of the hierarchy and the churches with centres in Jerusalem, Antioch, Constantinople, Rome, Alexandria etc. The Nicean Council was a meeting of bishops of these self-governing churches to agree on doctrinal issues.

    As for the Romans and Eastern churches fighting wars, it was more doctrinal wars than physical ones. When Rome chose to excommunicate the Eastern churches (political issues combined with controversy over the filioque) they chose to place the pull of excommunication on the altar of Sancta Sophia, the Byzantine Cathedral in Constantinople.

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