Phanar bishop in Europe says Pan-Orthodox Council likely in 2012 or 2013

Austrian Times
Vienna Greek-Orthodox archbishop to visit Moscow

Vienna Greek-Orthodox Archbishop Michael Staikos, the Church’s Exarch for Central Europe, will visit Moscow on Pentecost, 24 May, it was announced today (Thurs).

He will accompany Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomaios I.

Staikos has said he is confident that the pan-Orthodox Council, which has been in the planning stages for years, will finally take place in 2012 or 2013.

Staikos told Catholic press agency Kathpress that relations between Moscow and Constantinople (Istanbul) have improved significantly since new Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill’s recent visit to Istanbul.

Staikos said Bartholomaios’ upcoming visit to Moscow is an attempt to improve intra-Orthodox relations.


  1. Isn’t Pentecost on the 23rd?

  2. Hey, there are 2 Andrews on this blog. For the record I am the Andrew who posts frequently. I do not know who the other Andrew is -he seems like a good guy- but I would ask that he add something to his user name to make him distinguishable from me. That way we can avoid confusion in our discussions.

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