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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, center, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, speak on a roof overlooking the Kremlin in Moscow (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

Is Orthodoxy unravelling?

After 50 years of preparation, the Pan-Orthodox Council has fallen apart at the last minute. Many are blaming Moscow, but that is far too simplistic

Orthodox patriarchs and primates at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a message of support ahead of the opening of the Pan-Orthodox Council

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, file)

Patriarch Bartholomew urges fellow leaders to attend Pan-Orthodox Council

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill conducts the Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia (AP)

The scholars said the council is ‘an opportunity to commence a new phase of Orthodox witness’

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Pope Francis and Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis believes the moment is ‘supremely important’ for Christian witness, says Bishop Farrell

Nuns belonging to the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa (AP)

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Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul last year (AP)

A Vatican delegation has travelled to Istanbul on Monday for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle

Pope Francis looks on as Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas embrace at the Vatican in June (AP)

Israeli and Palestinian presidents embrace in Vatican Gardens during historic ‘invocation for peace’

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (PA)

Historic moment comes fifty years after encounter between their predecessors

Pope Francis prays with the Italian bishops yesterday (AP)

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