There are quite a few orthodox Poles as one Polka recently told me.They are mostly located in eastern Poland.They are not heretics like in Ukraine.
Very reliable source of information, coming from one (imaginary?) Polka. :-)
Just in case people got wrong ideas about Orthodoxy in Poland from other Polkas, here is something to chew upon:
Aside from some number of the Orthodox Church faithfuls, there are about 50,000 faithfuls belonging to Greek Catholic Church, and specifically to Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, a.k.a. United Church (going also by five other names) in Poland.
[Look it up on internet about so-called Brześć Union, about centuries of rivalry between the Orthodox and Greek Catholics in various parts of Eastern Poland, about different attitudes of Soviets towards both churches and about status quo.]
In short, 6%-8% of total population of Ukraine claim to belong to UGCC. There are total 6-10 millions of UGCC faithfuls worldwide, making it the second most populous catholic church, after the RCC. Main distribution: Ukraine, Poland, and any countries where Ukrainian emigrants have gone - USA, Canada, Australia, etc.
In Poland, there are two UGCC metropolia: Przemyśl-Warsaw (32,000, 85 parishes) and Wrocław-Gdańsk (21,000, 57 parishes).
Rusyns a.k.a. Rusnaks, a.k.a. £emkos mostly adhere to UGCC or to Ruthenian Catholic Church. Eastern Carpathians (Beskid, Bieszczady) are still full of chapels, churches, cemeteries, and crosses - witnessing to their culture. Due to forceful resettlement of £emkos in 1946 a significant percentage of Ukrainians/£emkos currently live in Northern Poland (Pomerania and Masuria) - away from their roots.
And last but not least: Armenian Catholic Church. Great history, but not many of them left now. They are under the direct control of Vatican, more or less. In 2009 all small Armenian Catholic parishes have been liquidated and the three so-called territorial parishes have been created instead:
- South parish, with seat in Gliwice, covering the southern belt of Poland
- Central parish, with seat in Warsaw
- Northern parish with seat in Gdańsk
Just for comparison with UGCC, Polish Autocephalous Orthodox Church (independent of Russian hierarchy) has over 500 thousand faithful (including diaspora - about 600 thousand) - so about 10 times as many as UGCC, residing mainly in the area of the former province of Białystok, and especially in the districts: Białystok, Bielsko, Hajnówka, Siemiatycze and Sokółka. In 2010, PAOC had 423 temples. The church is a member of the World Council of Churches and the Polish Ecumenical Council.