Orthodox Church Condemns Middle East Hostility, Desecration of Monuments

  www.sputniknews.com  - 27/6/16 Orthodox Church strongly condemned Middle East hostilities. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Orthodox Church has condemned hostilities in the Middle East, urged to stop expulsion of people and destruction of christian monuments, the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church said in a message released on Sunday. "The Orthodox Church unequivocally condemns the extension of military violence, the expulsion and murder of members of religious minorities. She denounces ...

MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES FROM THE HOLY & GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH TO H.M. KING ABDULLAH II IBN AL HUSSEIN

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem - June 2016 At the Orthodox Academy of Crete, on the 22th of June 2016 His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan In Amman Your Majesty, The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church would like to express its deepest sympathies and convey its warmest prayers to the beloved ...

Holy and Great Council focuses on relations with other Christians in fifth day of discussions

Holy and Great Council - Kolymvari, Crete, Greece - 24/6/16 Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Release On the fifth day of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop George of Siemiatycze of the Church of Poland at the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of Gonia. Afterward, the ...

PARTICIPANTS IN THE COUNCIL ON CRETE CANNOT COME TO CONSENSUS ON ONE DOCUMENT

Union of Orthodox Journalists - June 2016 During the proceedings of the Council on Crete there arose disagreements concerning the document “Relations of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian World,” reportsRomfea. “We have much to do. It’s possible that this text won’t pass. In any case, we’ll бе examining it throughout the whole day,” stated ...

Syriac Orthodox Delegation Attends the Great & Holy Synod – Crete

Syriac Orthodox Church - 25/6/15 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II delegated His Eminence Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mor Matta Monastery in Iraq, to represent the Syriac Orthodox Church at the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Churches which is being held in Crete, Greece. His Eminence conveyed the prayers ...

ARCHBISHOP CHRYSOSTOMOS OF CYPRUS ACCUSED BISHOPS, THEOLOGIANS, AND LAITY CRITICAL OF HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF FUNDAMENTALISM IN SPEECH AT OPENING OF CRETE SYNAXIS

Orthodox Apologist - 24/6/16 At the opening of the so-called “Holy and Great Council” on the island of Crete speeches were given by several primates of the Orthodox Churches, but among them stands out the speech of His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus. Speaking of the Council as “undoubtedly a great event which we are experiencing,” His ...

Holy and Great Council concludes third day

The Great and holy Council - 23/6/16 Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Release 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 ...

Official texts, livestreaming of Holy and Great Council available on Internet

Kolymvari, Crete, Greece - 23/6/16 Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Release CRETE—The official texts of the opening speeches and adresses for the Holy and Great Council are available at https://www.holycouncil.org/documents in their original languages. Translations will be posted as they become available. More than 320 journalists, representing 138 media outlets and 25 countries, have received credentials for the Council. Daily ...

Romfea: Antioch never agreed for the Holy Council to Meet!

Notes on Arab Orthodoxy- June 2016 WHY ANTIOCH DID NOT SIGN THE DECISION TO CONVOKE THE COUNCIL Greek original here. To see an image of the document go to the original posting on Romfea.gr. The scanned document reads, in the place left for Antioch's signature: "The Church of Antioch has a contrary opinion and therefore is not ...

Serbian Church Has No Plans to Leave Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete

www.sputniknews.com - 23/6/16 The Serbian Orthodox Church is not planning to leave the ongoing Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Crete, one of the Council's participants said Tuesday. KOLYMVARI (Sputnik) — Preparations for the Council took over 50 years as it was set to become the first meeting of the heads all the Orthodox churches ...

Budget of Orthodox Churches Council Amounts to $2.8Mln, 60% From US Donors

www.sputniknews.com - 2/6/16 The budget of the council of Eastern Orthodox Churches underway on the Greek island of Crete has amounted to 2.5 million euros (some $2.8 million), including $1.5 million from US donors, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America said Tuesday. KOLYMBARI (CRETE) (Sputnik) — According to Father Alexandros, the US funds have come from non-state sources only, and ...

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 ...

Address for the Opening Session of the Holy and Great Council by His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland

Great and Holy Council - 22/6/16 Your All-Holiness, Your Holinesses, Eminences, Excellences, Reverend Brothers Priests, Brothers and Sisters participants of the Holy and Great Council, God the Almighty, One in the Holy Trinity, has blessed us to gather today, after long hours of work and many preparations, at this beautiful island of sunny Greece – Crete in order to ...

US Senator Ben Cardin’s Statement on the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Christian Churches

Great & Holy Council - Kolymvari, Crete, Greece- 21/6/16 U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement in advance of the Holy and Great Council to be held in Greece. "This weekend, I join Orthodox Christians in recognizing the beginning of the historic Holy and Great Council on ...

Day One of the Holy and Great Council – Briefing

Great and Holy Council - 21/6/16 Also Read- GREAT AND HOLY COUNCIL: SUMMARY OF DAY ONE PRESS BRIEFING: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/94486.htm Just as in the first Pentecost, the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church are beginning their hard and necessary work today of walking together in common purpose. The Holy and Great Council gathers in Crete June 19-26, 2016. For more information, ...

ANTIOCH NEVER AGREED FOR THE HOLY COUNCIL TO MEET!

Notes on Arab Orthodoxy - 20/6/16 Much noise has been made about the Patriarchate of Antioch's absence from the Great and Holy Council. This absence has also provoked the absence of the Moscow Patriarchate which insisted that "if even one is absent, then the Great and Holy Council should be postponed." At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, they are insisting: since ...

‘Other’ Orthodox have low expectations for ‘Great Council’

Father Paul Thelakat  -  www.cruxnow.com- June 2016 A leading cleric of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, invited to the "Great and Holy Council" taking place in Crete only as observers, says that "humanly speaking, one cannot expect much from this synod ... but we believe in the power of the Holy Spirit who can guide us at all ...

Toast by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Chairman of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church at the Official Luncheon Hosted in His Honor and in Honor of Their Beatitudes the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches by His Excellency Prokopios Pavlopoulos President of the Republic of Greece

The Holy and Great Council - 19/6/16 TOAST BY HIS ALL-HOLINESS ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW CHAIRMAN OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AT THE OFFICIAL Luncheon HOSTED IN HIS HONOR AND IN HONOR OF THEIR BEATITUDES THE PRIMATES OF THE ORTHODOX AUTOCEPHALOUS CHURCHES BY HIS EXCELLENCY PROKOPIOS PAVLOPOULOS PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF GREECE.  (Heraklion, ...

Homily by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Con-celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Crete

The Great and Holy Council - 19/6/16 Homily by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Chairman of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church at the Con-celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Metropolitan Church of St. Minas in Heraklion, Crete With Their Beatitudes ​the Primates of the Holy Orthodox Churches. (Sunday of Pentecost, June 19, ...

Synaxis: Primates acknowledge pain in absence of missing Churches

Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Release- Holy and Great Council  - 18/6/16 Pan-Orthodox Council still a go – spokesman for Ecumenical Patriarch Following a doxology and morning prayer service, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew convened the Synaxis (gathering) of the Primates of the local autocephalous Orthodox Churches. This meeting was scheduled in January 2016 to provide the Primates the opportunity to ...