The All-Orthodox council will be held in two years
The All-Orthodox council will gather in 2016. Such a decision was made by primates of autocephalous Local Orthodox Churches, which are now in Phanar (near Istanbul).
Preparation for the council was held for more than one thousand years. The last universal council, recognized by the Orthodox Church, was held in 787 in Nicaea. Among the topics for discussion at the coming council are calendar issue, impediments to marriage and the sense of the fast and its observance today.
In the meantime His Holiness Kirill Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia in his appeal to Orthodox believers said that «no one of the people who live in Ukraine should not feel foreign in their native home, no matter what language he/she speaks.
«Brotherhood of Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian peoples is the reality, gained through much historical suffering and many generations of our ancestors. This reality, living in our hearts, should determine our future, and it cannot be sacrificed to momentary interests,» the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill told in his speech.