Russian Orthodox Church Waits Constantinople's Response to Synod's Decision

© AFP 2022 / JOEL SAGETA picture taken in Moscow on May 6, 2016 shows the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation dedicated to the Annunciation of the Theotokos.
A picture taken in Moscow on May 6, 2016 shows the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation dedicated to the Annunciation of the Theotokos. - Sputnik International
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Russian Orthodox Church on Monday is expecting response of the Patriarchate of Constantinople to the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church not to attend the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church within the specified time, Russian Orthodox Church spokesman Vladimir Legoida said.

Georgian Orthodox Christians gather in front of the Trinity Cathedral during a Christmas Mass in Tbilisi early on January 7, 2015 - Sputnik International
Georgian Orthodox Church Not to Participate in Pan-Orthodox Council
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church met for an extraordinary session and offered to postpone the Council to a later date because several Orthodox churches refused to participate since the procedure and documents of the Council had not been worked out properly yet.

"Our decision [to postpone the Council] is being reported to the head of the [Orthodox] churches, we will wait for a response of Patriarch of Constantinople," Legoida told Rossiya-24 television on Monday.

He added that the Russian Orthodox Church had proposed to postpone the Council earlier, but the Patriarchate of Constantinople had answered at that time that there were no possibility to change the date.

The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, also known as Pan-Orthodox Council, is a planned synod of the bishops of all autocephalous local churches of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. The Council is set to be held on the Greek island of Crete on June 16-26, after more than 50 years of preparations. A number of churches, including the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Orthodox Church refused to participate in the Council.

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