Albanian Church calls for Pan-Orthodox Council

12 March 2023 14:19
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Representatives of the Albanian Church propose to discuss the "Ukrainian issue" and ensure the unity of Orthodoxy throughout the world.

The Albanian Orthodox Church calls for an All-Orthodox Council to be convened, reports

"As the unprecedented distress of Orthodoxy in Ukraine intensifies and the unspeakable suffering of the Orthodox faithful reaches a climax, an Ecumenical Orthodox Council, which is known to be convened by the Ecumenical Patriarch and acts even if some Local Churches are absent, as was the case with the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church in Crete in 2016, should be convened as soon as possible," the report says.

"The painful ecclesiastical problems that have arisen in recent years and recently in Africa, which have led to clear cracks in the relations of the Local Orthodox Churches and widespread concern among Orthodox believers, are not being addressed by chain retaliation by some churches and consensus gathering by others through the media," the Albanian Church added.

"The responsible point of view of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania is expressed in official church correspondence, in communications from the General Secretariat and will be directly presented to the competent body, the Pan-Orthodox Council or Synaxis, which, in accordance with the principle of synodality, is the only body capable of solving the basic problems and ensuring unity and peace of the Orthodox Church worldwide," the message resumed.

As previously reported, the Church of Albania called on the Phanar to convene a Council to resolve the OCU issue.

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