- Dec 7, 2019
The Russian Orthodox church warned Friday that it would sever ties with the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community if he grants autonomy to Ukraine’s Orthodox church.
Patriarch Bartholomew speaks about his relationship with Pope Francis and their mutual concern for protecting the environment and promoting a Christian understanding of ecology.
Upon learning of the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis sent a telegram saying, “I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples.”
Despite the fact that four of the fourteen independent Eastern Orthodox churches of the world opted not to show up, an expert on Orthodoxy insists that the “Holy and Great Council” in Crete in late June was significant, arguing that meeting together to hash out issues is part of the DNA of Orthodoxy.
A “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches wrapped up on Sunday, and despite defections by key bodies such as the Russian Orthodox Church, organizers said they plan to repeat it within a decade, and Pope Francis described the gathering as “positive” and a “step forward.”
In his daily tweet, Pope Francis said, “Let us join in prayer with our Orthodox brothers and sisters for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church opening today in Crete.” The message was swiftly re-tweeted by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.