With a substantial church meeting, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople wishes to overcome the tensions within the Orthodox churches . The Speaker of the Patriarchate made this announcement on Monday in Istanbul. Accordingly this year, two preparatory meetings are planned. The aim is to provide the theological foundations for a "Pan-Orthodox Synod" . The first conference is scheduled for June in Cyprus, the second in December at a location still to be announced. The initiative is comparable in value to a council. For this summit, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I received support in October 2008 from all the Orthodox patriarchs and archbishops of independent national churches . These included the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate.
Cathcon- In parallel to the move of the Pope to reconcile tradition, this could not be a more exciting time for true ecumenism.