The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on the Issue of Qatar

Source: Notes on Arab Orthodoxy

May 31, 2016

A communiqué was issued today, Tuesday, March 31,
by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, dealing
with issues concerning the Great and Holy Council to be
held on Crete in a few days.

Furthermore, the synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate also
dealt with the well-known issue of Qatar, which concerns
the Patriarchates of Antioch and Jerusalem.

According to the communiqué, the Ecumenical
Patriarchate proposed setting up a committee of
representatives from both churches immediately after the
Great and Holy Council, but under the coordinating
responsibility of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Church circles, however, commenting on today’s
communiqué, said that doing so after Pan-Orthodox
Council will be meaningless, since the two primates should
celebrate the liturgy together on Crete.

“The issue really should be resolved before the Great
and Holy Council…” said an Antiochian metropolitan

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