The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has refused to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council, which will take place on the island of Crete 16-26 June, on a number of "serious reasons".
According to the statement of the Synod of the Bulgarian Church, the government canceled the flight of the aircraft, which was delivered to Crete Bulgarian delegation. Recently the Bulgarian Church urged to postpone the Council, pointing to the absence on the agenda of its day "especially important for the Holy Orthodoxy", as well as arose among Orthodox churches disagree on some projects already approved by the Council of documents, reports "Interfax".
Previously, some groups of Orthodox churches have criticized the draft document of the Council, having seen the document "ecumenism", believing it to Catholics and Protestants is not called "churches" and heretics.
Pan-Orthodox Council will be held on the Greek island of Crete.
Practical work on the preparation of the Pan-Orthodox Cathedral conducted intermittently since September 1961 years. This event can be a historic one for the entire Orthodox world. At the Pan-Orthodox Council must arrive at 24 bishop from each of the Orthodox Churches.
Local or autocephalous Orthodox churches - are independent of each other but linked by a single communion - in the world there are 15: Constantinople (Turkey), Alexandria (Egypt), Antioch (Syria), Jerusalem, Georgian, Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Cyprus, of Greece (Greece), the Polish Orthodox Church, and the Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, and in America. Of these, the largest - the Russian Orthodox Church - brings together at least 50 million.
Last recognized ROC Pan-Orthodox Council was held in the eighth century.