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  • Orthodox ‘Great Council’ gets underway amid signs of division

    Orthodox ‘Great Council’ gets underway amid signs of division

    • Jun 19, 2016

    As a “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches gets underway in Crete, tensions between Moscow and Constantinople, and between liberals and conservatives, have marred the event, with four churches scheduled to attend pulling out at the last minute while others forge ahead.

  • With or without Russia, spokesman says Orthodox council is ‘binding’

    • Jun 15, 2016

    Despite calls for Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to postpone an historic Orthodox “Holy and Great Council,” a spokesman says he can’t because the decision to hold the summit in Crete beginning June 16 was endorsed by all Orthodox leaders, and Russia’s pullout doesn’t make the council any less “valid and binding.”

  • Gut-check time in June for both Orthodox and Catholics

    Gut-check time in June for both Orthodox and Catholics

    • Jun 12, 2016

    Catholics may be tempted to see June’s “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches as having nothing to do with them, but that’s a serious mistake. Catholics have an investment in whether the Orthodox get their act together for theological, pastoral, and political reasons.

  • Bulgarian church says it won’t attend historic Orthodox council

    • Jun 11, 2016

    A spokesperson for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church says its decision not to participate in the “Great and Holy Council,” designed to bring together the heads of all 14 independent Orthodox churches in Crete later this month, is final. Organizers say the summit is going ahead anyway, and Pope Francis is sending a Vatican delegation to observe.

  • With migrant mission to Greece, pope cements Orthodox ties

    With migrant mission to Greece, pope cements Orthodox ties

    • Apr 14, 2016

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — When Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, visit migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos this weekend, they’ll be doing more than sending a political message about the need to welcome refugees. Christianity’s two most important leaders,

  • Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Turkey

    • Oct 21, 2014

    ROME – Pope Francis will travel to Turkey Nov. 28-30, the Vatican announced Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the pontiff will be able to travel near the border with Iraq to express his concern with the violence in the region, as he’s expressed an interest in doing. The Rev.

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