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Holy Synod to meet Thursday
2005-10-31 16:13:55

Nicosia, Oct 30 (CNA) -- The Holy Synod, the highest body of the Church of Cyprus, is to meet on Thursday to discuss the situation in the church, following the prolonged illness of its head, Archbishop Chrysostomos.

Several members of the Synod have already talked to the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos about the matter, who in turn has extended an invitation to all the members of the Synod for a meeting in Constantinople (Istanbul) on November 10.

The Patriarch has said he expects all members of the Holy Synod to participate in the meeting.

The Acting primate of the Church of Cyprus said he explained to the Patriach his positions, saying that the Holy Synod had decided by majority vote not to hold elections for a new Archbishop.

The political leadership has called for an end to the difficulties created by the three-year old absence of the Archbishop from his religious duties because of illness but also stressed that the Church of Cyprus is Autocephalous.

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