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Patriarch Kirill to Meet with Heads of Orthodox Churches in Istanbul
Interfax ^ | 3/5/24

Posted on 03/05/2014 6:07:36 AM PST by marshmallow

Moscow, March 5, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will head to Istanbul on Wednesday, where a meeting of the heads of the Orthodox Churches is opening.

"Despite all wishes for a change of the date of the meeting, which have more than once been stated by the Russian Church, the heads and representatives of local Orthodox Churches will meet in the first week of Lent and is expected to end on Sunday, March 9," Deacon Alexander Volkov, the head of the patriarch's press service, told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

Patriarch Kirill said he regrets that he cannot "pray with his flock in the coming days of the first week of Lent."

Deacon Volkov also said that Patriarch Kirill will pray for the strengthening of all Russian Christians who have started Lent during his stay in the Constantinople Patriarchate, on the land sanctified by the deeds of ancient ascetic champions.

"The Russian patriarch is also asking everyone to pray that the upcoming meeting serve the unity of the Orthodox Churches and strengthen mutual understanding and brotherly cooperation," Father Alexander said.

The Synodal Department for External Church Relations, for its part, told Interfax-Religion that the meeting will address issues relating to the preparations for the upcoming All-Orthodox Council and the situation of Christians in the Middle East.

The All-Orthodox Council has not convened for more than 1,000 years. Preparations for it have been made for more than fifty years. The agenda and regulations of the Council have not been approved yet.

TOPICS: Ministry/Outreach; Orthodox Christian

1 posted on 03/05/2014 6:07:36 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Now let’s meet with the Pope and unite on when we should celebrate Easter.

2 posted on 03/05/2014 6:14:00 AM PST by nikos1121
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To: marshmallow

Constantinople, not Istanbul.

3 posted on 03/05/2014 6:48:37 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: marshmallow

May is coming.

4 posted on 03/05/2014 10:25:26 AM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: iowamark

Even old New York was once New Amsterdam.

5 posted on 03/05/2014 10:28:58 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: nikos1121

We have a bit of a preview, with all the Christian churches this year doing Easter together.

6 posted on 03/05/2014 11:24:04 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Biggirl


7 posted on 03/05/2014 1:58:47 PM PST by nikos1121
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