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Orthodox hierarchy meets in Constantinople

A three-day meeting of the heads of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches was launched at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.


The meeting chaired by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos, will focus on the Holy Synod of Orthodoxy which is being prepared for decades.

The hierarchs will also discuss issues concerning the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, developments in Ukraine and the European society's growing alienation from Christian principles.

Ecumenical Patriarchate sources told Athens News Agency that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomeos is working hard to make sure that the synod will take place next year.

In his opening address, the Ecumenical Patriarch underlined that the meeting takes place at a turbulent time for the Church, noting that its ability to exercise its mission is being challenged.

The meeting is attended by the heads of 13 Autocephalous Churches.