The Holy and Great Council, Crete, June 16 to 27, 2016

The primates and representatives of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches met in Geneva, January 21-28, for the fifth preconciliar meeting. The keynote address to the synaxis by the Ecumenical Patriarch is available here in English. The official announcement of the synaxis is available here in English.

The decided topics for the Holy and Great Council are the following: The Mission of the Orthodox Church in the Contemporary World, The Orthodox Diaspora, Autonomy and its Manner of Proclamation, The Sacrament of Marriage and its impediments, The Significance of Fasting and its Application Today, and the Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World. The Moscow Patriarchate insisted that the topic of calendar should not be treated by the council.

The council will be held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete from June 16 to 27, 2016. The documents of the councils have begun to be released to public. The following are now available in Greek:

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