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

A Turkish Foreign Ministry statement accused the Pope of ‘bias’ and said he had ‘disappointed the Turkish people’

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

Pope Francis sent a message to the summit urging participants to ‘contribute in a real way to alleviate the sufferings of millions’

Francis was speaking to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

St Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Church, urges us to recognise the evil within us and the world

The bishops said that refugees’ right to human dignity and to protection needed to be upheld

St Elian monastery, in the recaptured town of Qaryatain, was bulldozed by the terrorist group last summer

The Pope has also expressed his sorrow at the the recent plane crash in Russia and bus crash in Spain

Vatican spokesman revealed that the trip may take place in June