The heads of local Orthodox Churches arrive at the Pan-Orthodox Council, which will take place at the Orthodox Academy of Crete with 16 26 for June was reported in the press service of the cathedral.
On Wednesday he arrived in Crete Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who expressed his "joy of performing historical mission" and called on the Orthodox Church throughout the world to join him.
Holy and Great Council - is "our sacred mission," he said. "While the joy of historical events overshadowed by the decision of some churches are not present, responsibility for the decision rests with the churches and Primate. Just five months ago at a meeting of Orthodox Primates in Geneva, we made a decision and put their signatures to it that we have come to Crete June, to proclaim the unity of our Orthodox church, as well as to explore and reach a common solution of the problems of interest to the Orthodox world ", - said Bartholomew.
Not too late for the church to reconsider its decision, "even in the very last moment and come to Crete," said Patriarch Bartholomew.
Among the first arrivals - Serbian Patriarch Irinej, who demanded to transfer the Cathedral, and in certain periods to hold inter-Orthodox meeting. In Crete are already archbishop of the Czech Lands and Slovakia Rostislav and Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus. On Thursday, the expected arrival of the heads of churches in Romania, Poland, Albania, Greece, Jerusalem.
On Crete arrive and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, who will host a dinner in honor of the Orthodox Church. "Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church -. The most important event of the Orthodox Church of 1300 years Greek state with the historical privilege of hosting the first meeting of all Orthodox Primates and bishops after the schism 1054 years, has taken all the necessary measures to ensure the absolute safety of the participants and organizational success Cathedral ", - noted in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.