Announcement of the Decisions of the Holy Synod: Nov 6/19 2013

On Tuesday November 6/19, 2013 the Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece convened in a regular session in the hall of the church “The Unfading Rose” in Piraeus and discussed the following items on the agenda:

1. The Holy Synodal body was informed of the progress of the dialogue of the Church of the G.O.C. with the Orthodox Ecclesiastical Community of Those in Resistance.

2. The issue of the pastorate of the Holy Metropolis of America was discussed after the acceptance of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavlos' resignation. After discussion, the Holy Synod decided to appoint His Beatitude Archbishop Kallinikos as the Locum Tenens of the Holy Metropolis of America. In the Holy Metropolis of America, the name of the Locum Tenens will be commemorated who will instruct his representative hierarchs in the settlement of issues which arise until the election of a new Metropolitan. The validity of the decision shall commence with the publication of a relevant encyclical to the clergy and people of the Holy Metropolis.

3. The subject of organizing an event about the issue of the Holy Monastery of Esphigmenou was discussed.

4. The petition for acceptance of a certain clergyman was discussed and it was decided to invite him to appear in person before the Holy Synod before making the decision to accept him or not.

Translated from the Greek

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