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Heads of Orthodox churches met in Amman
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Representatives of six Orthodox churches has held a joined meeting on February 26, in the capital of Jordan, TASS reports. The patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, Theophilus III of Jerusalem, Irenaeus of Serbia, Metropolitan of the Czech lands and Slovakia Rostislav, delegations of the Romanian and Polish churches stated that the issues of granting autocephaly cannot be resolved in the absence of pan-Orthodox consent.
The document concluded at the end of the meeting states that issues that are important for the whole Orthodoxy "must be accepted in the spirit of pan-Orthodox dialogue and unity, and with pan-Orthodox consent."
According to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, this meeting was the beginning of an “open, objective and unbiased discussion” of the challenges that the entire Orthodox world faces today. Patriarch Kirill emphasized that the meeting in Amman, of course, would not solve all the problems. But at the same time, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church added, it is very important that representatives of local churches started talking about them.
The initiator of the summit was the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus. In his opinion, the main and extremely topical issue that needs to be discussed is the problem of the split in the Orthodox world. He made a meeting proposal last autumn during his visit to Russia. Jordan was chosen as the venue because of the difficult relationship between Israel and Syria.