Follow usTwitterFacebook

Latest

08 Jun 2016 Articles Comments (8)

The Mass Is Profoundly Biblical

Are Catholics Bible Christians? A Catholic who ponders this question may think, “Well, I know that Protestants call themselves Bible Christians, and Catholics d…

Read more

28 Oct 2015 Middle East - Africa News No comments

Christians in Central-Africa gone Bad, 7 Muslims dead

Central Africa, Pope Francis’ travel destination come November 29th and 30th has in its usual menace recorded yet another devastating event of killing. On Monda…

Read more

28 Sep 2015 News USA No comments

Watch LIVE coverage of Pope's Mass for the World Meeting of Families

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPfAGSCZ5j8   Pope Francis will say Mass to conclude the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this afternoon at …

Read more

27 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (2)

Heaven Isn’t Earned but Hell Is: Salvation, Part II

Let me continue my thoughts about how to deal with Fundamentalists and Evangelicals regarding salvation. As I noted in my previous blog post, Romans 10:9 seems …

Read more

20 May 2016 Articles Comments (1)

Pope Francis’s Commission on Women Deacons: 12 Things to Know and Share

Pope Francis has agreed to create a commission to study the possibility of women deacons. Here are 12 things to know and share. 1. What happened? On…

Read more

25 May 2015 Uncategorized No comments

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on t…

Read more

11 Aug 2016 Articles Comments (4)

Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 and 9 mark the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I’ll be visiting those cities in October, doing research for a book. For…

Read more

17 Oct 2016 News No comments

Venezuelan Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal is named new leader of the Jesuits

He becomes the 30th successor of St Ignatius of Loyola Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal has been voted the next superior general of the Society of Jesus. The Venezuel…

Read more

02 Jun 2015 Articles Q&A No comments

What is the Immaculate Conception? Is the Church’s teaching on the Immaculate Conception biblical?

DISCUSSION: The dogma of the Immaculate Conception, as solemnly defined by Pope Pius IX in 1854, teaches that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
«
»

World Orthodox leaders meet despite Russia’s boycott

The leaders of the world’s Orthodox Christian churches have gathered on the Greek island of Crete for a landmark meeting, despite a boycott by the Russian church — the most populous in a religion of some 300 million people — and three other churches.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew led prayers attended by other church leaders on Sunday to mark the start of the week-long summit — the first of its kind in more than 1,200 years.

Pope Francis sent a message of support on Twitter, writing: “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.”

Despite decades of preparation, Orthodox leaders failed ahead of the meeting in Crete to overcome differences. They include efforts to reconcile with the Vatican and areas of influence that typically predate current national borders.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow is not attending the meetings, arguing that preparation had been inadequate. Serbia’s church leadership did attend despite having close ties with the Russian church, but the Georgian, Bulgarian and Syria-based Antioch patriarchates skipped the synod.

In a statement on Friday, Kirill said he hoped religious leaders gathered in Crete could prepare for a full meeting at a later date. Patriarch Kirill visited Greece last month, joining Russian President Vladimir Putin on a trip to the monastic sanctuary of Mount Athos.

Church leaders gathered at the Cretan city of Iraklio also stressed the need for unity among the churches, with some publicly supporting efforts to organize a later meeting with the Russians present.

“We are on a steady course toward a great Synod and sending the message that our people need,” Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Cyprus said. “Orthodoxy has shown that it can be united.”

Unlike the centralised authority of the Vatican over Catholics, Orthodox churches are autocephalous, or independent, with Patriarch Bartholomew considered as the first among equals.

But the Ecumenical Patriarchate is based in Istanbul in predominantly Muslim Turkey and is frequently at odds with Moscow, with the Russian Church having restored much of its power after communism and representing more than 100 million faithful.

“It is well known that relations between the church and state have gone through many stages. But regardless of how one may characterise these relations, both the church and the state are interested in the welfare of man,” Patriarch Bartholomew said.

Last week a spokesman for Bartholomew had expressed disappointment at Moscow’s decision.

“The Church of Russia’s decision was 48 hours before the primates were expected here in Crete. Nothing else had happened in the months between January and their decision in early June,” the spokesman, Rev John Chryssavgis said.

Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who holds a largely ceremonial role, traveled to Crete to greet the church leaders.

The Syria-based Antioch Patriarchate was absent due to a dispute with the Jerusalem Patriarchate over the jurisdiction of the Muslim Gulf state of Qatar.

But representatives from many other parts of the world were represented, including Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa, Archbishop Rastislav of Czech Lands and Slovakia, and Archbishop Anastasios of Albania.

by Associated Press









wpsd_autopost:
1

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories