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Panorthodox Synod 2016

The Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at Phanar in Istanbul from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to illness, was represented by Hierarchs of his Church.

In the framework of their Synaxis, the Primates also deliberated on the matter of the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church and decided that, upon expediting the process of preparation, it will be convened and presided by the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul in 2016 at Pentecost.

The event is historic and the first Great Synod in more than 1200 years, since the last of the seven ecumenical councils recognized by the Orthodox Churches is the Second Council of Nicaea, held in 787. The Orthodox churches are trying to organize the council of the Holy and Great Synod since 1960.