Russia says it will not attend historic all-Orthodox meeting

MOSCOW – The Russian Orthodox Church said on Monday it would not go to a historic meeting of all of the world’s Orthodox churches because other churches have walked out. The meeting on the Greek island of Crete due to start on Sunday would be the first in more than a millennium. Orthodox church leaders haven’t held such a meeting since the year 787, when the last of the seven councils recognized by both Orthodox and Catholics, was held. The “great schism” that divided the Roman Catholics and the Orthodox followed in 1054 amid disputes over the Vatican’s power.



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