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Discussion about the Holy and Great Council at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s 2016 Clergy Laity Congress

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America This presentation is from Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Nashville, TN. To learn more, visit or … [Read more...]

Statement of the Secretariat of the Holy Synod of Antioch, Balamand, 27 June 2016

Source: Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East At the end of the seventh extraordinary session which begun on May 25th 2016, the Holy Synod of Antioch convened on June 27, 2016 in Balamand. The Synod was presided by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, with the participation of the Bishops of the Holy See of Antioch, The fathers congratulated their children on the occasion of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the holy, glorious and all-praised leaders of the Apostles, and the … [Read more...]


Source: and other sources Post-Conciliar News - Metropolitan Kallistos Reflects on Orthodox Council - OSV Newsweekly - Athonite Fathers Call for Rejection of Cretan Council and Cessation of Commemoration of the Patriarch of Constantinope - Orthodox Ethos - Historic Orthodox Council Meets Despite Absence of Four Churches - AMERICA - The National Catholic Review -Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and Litoral did not sign controversial document at Crete -Interview … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church calls boycotted Crete council ‘an important event’

Source: Deseret News By Tom Heneghan, Religion News Service The Russian Orthodox Church, whose boycott of a major summit of Orthodox Christian leaders in Crete last month threatened to slow down efforts to promote greater unity, has declared the meeting “an important event in the history of the conciliar process.” The church’s synod, in its official reaction to the June 20-26 Holy and Great Council, also said the meeting could not be called “pan-Orthodox” because four of the 14 … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Synod rejects pan-Orthodox status of Crete Council

Source: Interfax Moscow, July 15, Interfax - The Council which took place in Crete on June 20-25 cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church said in Moscow on Friday. "The Holy Synod determined that the Council, which took place in Crete, cannot be regarded as pan-Orthodox, and the documents it approved as expressing a pan-Orthodox consensus," said the head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda, commenting … [Read more...]

Seven Metropolitans withheld signatures from Pan-Orthodox Council documents

Source: Greek media is reporting that at least two documents put forth by the recently concluded Pan-Orthodox Council on Crete were not signed by all delegates. While the names of all delegate bishops from each of the ten represented Local Churches were added to each document by the Secretariat of the Holy and Great Council, there were those who abstained from signing the documents “The Sacrament of Marriage and its Impediments” and “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the … [Read more...]

Holy and Great Council: The Orthodox Diaspora

Source: The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church concerned itself with the matter of the canonical organization of the Orthodox Diaspora. Therefore, the respective documents were discussed concerning the Orthodox Diaspora and the Rules of Operation of Episcopal Assemblies in the Diaspora, which were submitted by the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference (Chambésy, 2009), and by the Synaxis of Primates of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches (January 21-28, … [Read more...]

Holy and Great Council: Autonomy and the Means by Which it is Proclaimed

Source: The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church concerned itself with the matter ofAutonomy and the Means by Which it is Proclaimed. Therefore, the respective document, which was submitted by the Fifth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference (Chambésy, October 10-17, 2009) was discussed and was approved with some minor amendments as follows: The questions of the text examined by the Council addressed: a) the concept, nature, and various forms of the institution of … [Read more...]

Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Source: ENCYCLICAL OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit With a hymn of thanksgiving, we praise and worship God in Trinity, who has enabled us to gather together during the days of the feast of Pentecost here on the island of Crete, which has been sanctified by St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, and his disciple Titus, his “true son in the common faith” (Tit 1.4), and, by the inspiration of … [Read more...]

Holy and Great Council: Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World

Source: The Orthodox Church, as the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, in her profound ecclesiastical self-consciousness, believes unflinchingly that she occupies a central place in the matter of the promotion of Christian unity in the world today. The Orthodox Church founds the unity of the Church on the fact of her establishment by our Lord Jesus Christ, and on the communion in the Holy Trinity and in the sacraments. This unity is expressed through the … [Read more...]