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Kyrill in Constantinople, a turning point important also for the dialogue with Rome
The new Patriarch of Moscow and the Ecumenical Patriarch agree that the pan-Orthodox meeting in October consolidated the path towards Orthodox unity. Only a united Church can meet the challenges of today’s world.
Bartholomew I: may Kirill's election foster common journey of Orthodox Churches
The Ecumenical Patriarchate now expects an acceleration in the common journey toward the long-awaited grand pan-Orthodox synod.
29/07/2008 RUSSIA – TURKEY
Thaw between Constantinople and Moscow, Aleksij II to attend pan-Orthodox Synod
Moscow’s self-imposed exclusion ends after eight years. After much controversy, the patriarch of Moscow accepts to co-celebrate with Bartholomew I the festivities for the 1,020 years of Christianity in Ukraine. A joint statement reaffirms the need for dialogue. The Ecumenical Patriarchate demonstrates its role as an agent of unity for the Orthodox world.
Historic Orthodox decision, migrant communities to have their own bishops’ conferences
The first preparatory meeting of the Pan-Orthodox Synod makes the decision. In doing so the close correlation of the Christian message to the ethnic origin of believers has been surmounted; until recently the issue created difficulties and was often misunderstood and exploited. The decision of the Moscow Patriarch to make his first foreign trip to Constantinople is a significant step.
Closer dialogue between Vatican and Ecumenical Patriarchate
The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue should be convened very soon. Vatican delegation visits Fanar neighbourhood on the Feast Day of St Andrew.
Plot against the ecumenical Patriarch foiled
The Istanbul public attorney’s office is investigating a group of ex army officers who seem to have plotted to eliminate Bartholomew I as well as Mesrob of the Armenians. The Turkish Supreme Court ruling contesting the ecumenical title of the Patriarchate is discussed in Brussels and finds an unlikely ally in the Church of Moscow.
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