World’s Orthodox Bishops Gather in Crete

Between 16th and 27th June more than 400 bishops, representing 300 million Orthodox Christians from around the world, will gather together in western Crete.

The Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolymbari, west of Chania, will host the next Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church. This landmark gathering of the world’s Christian Orthodox leaders is the first since 1053, when the east west schism took place. A range of topics are to be discussed, including the Church’s relationship with other Christian Churches.

Crete has been chosen as the venue because the Russian delegation would have been prevented from attending if it had taken place in Istanbul (Constantinople), the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriachate. There will be participants from Costantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Georgia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Russia, Greece, Poland, Romania, Albania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Archbishop Anastasios of Albania said of the gathering, ” it is an extraordinary and exceptional event. It is meant to happen. The Spirit is moving. The world is waiting. Let’s see what transpires among the attending bishops”

Please join those praying for this event. Pentecost is celebrated in the Orthodox Church calendar during the assembly.

(Sources: Greece.Greek Reporter and Firstthings.com)

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