CRETE—On the third day of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Beatitude Patriarch Irinej of Serbia at the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of Gonia. Afterward, the hierarchs continued their work in the sixth, seventh, and eighth sessions of the Council.
In the sixth session, the hierarchs of the Council continued their discussion on The Orthodox Diaspora; in the seventh session, they focused on Autonomy and the Means by which it is Declared; and in the eighth session, they reviewed The Importance of Fasting and its Observance Today. Following extensive discussion, various suggestions and clarifications were proposed by the Primates and individual hierarchs of the local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches. It is expected that revised texts that have been accepted by the Holy and Great Council will be signed in the coming days.
In the afternoon, His Eminence Archbishop Job of Telmesos delivered an official news update on behalf of the Holy and Great Council. After the comments made by Archbishop Job, official spokespersons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Alexandria, the Church of Romania, the Church of Cyprus, and the Church of Greece gave a common press briefing, responding to questions from the press.
The Council continues meeting through June 25, concluding with the Divine Liturgy on June 26.
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