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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’

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)

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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

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims as he appears for the Regina Coeli (AP)

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A painting of Mary and the Christ Child is is seen in 2014 at the damaged St Thecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

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The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill took place on February 12 (AP)

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Yemeni security forces gather outside the Missionaries of Charity home in Aden (AP)

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

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Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF, which is reportedly 'understaffed and overwhelmed' (AP)

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Vatican doctrinal chief Cardinal Gerhard Müller (CNS)

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