PARTICIPANTS IN CRETE FORUM PROPOSE TO MAKE THE COUNCIL A PERMANENT ORTHODOX BODY

Union of Orthodox Journalists – 22/6/16

Participants in the inter-Orthodox forum on Crete which opened on Monday have expressed the desire to make the Council a permanent structure, reports Interfax.

“The primates of the Orthodox Church, having gathered here at the Holy and Great Council, express their hope that the Holy and Great Council will become a new organ of the Orthodox Church which will be convened on a regular basis to resolve issues which concern the Orthodox in the twenty-first century,” representative of the Patriarchate of Constantinople Archbishop Job of Telmessos told reporters after the opening of the forum.

Archbishop Job emphasized that the ongoing forum on Crete is a “Great and Holy Council” in accordance with the decision made at the meeting of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches in January. “No other institution has the right to change a pan-Orthodox decision.”

Recall that the participants of the Council re-sent invitations to those Churches which did not send their delegations to Crete.

 Translated by Jesse Dominick

Union of Orthodox Journalists

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