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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

Nuns watch as a team of experts begin renovation of Jesus's tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City (AP)

A team of experts began a historic restoration project in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Monday

Syrian children wait for treatment at the hospital of a refugee camp (AP)

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country

Orthodox pilgrims hold candles during the Holy Fire ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on April 30 (AP)

Fr Gennady Zaridze is seeking scientific proof that the fire emanates from God

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin pictured at the Vatican (AP)

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