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Orthdox worshippers gather round candles stuck to jars of honey, arranged as a Holy Cross, during Mass for the 'sanctification of honey' at a church near Sofia in 2012 (AP)

During a recent trip to Bulgaria, I discovered a people in need of pastoral care, not theological squabbling

The father of a man who was killed by ISIS attends a service in the Virgin Mary Church near Cairo (CNS)

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Pope Francis with the Metropolitan Methodios of Boston during a private audience at the Vatican (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

Pope Francis has addressed a delegation from the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople speaking ahead of the Pan-Orthodox Council (CNS)

The leaders said they hoped the Pan-Orthodox Council would become a regular event, taking place ‘every seven to 10 years’

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

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, left, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (AP Photo)

For some even the slightest change in relations with Rome will end up with tradition being swept away

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

Patriarch Bartholomew I (left) with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Istanbul in 2009

The Patriarchate of Constantinople say the meeting should go ahead, while the Moscow Patriarchate say a pre-Council meeting is needed