Visit to Bulgaria

By Synodal decree, Their Graces, Bishops Photios of Marathon and Clement of Gardikion, Chief-Secretary and Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece respectively, made a two-day visit to Bulgaria from Monday evening July 1/14 to Wednesday afternoon July 3/16 in order to deliberate with His Grace, Bishop Photii of Triaditsa who presides over the Old Calendar Church of Bulgaria on issues of common interest, to facilitate the desired attainment of formal ecclesiastical communion between the Genuine Orthodox Churches of Greece and Bulgaria.

His Grace Bishop Photii of Triaditsa confirmed that in principle there is no disagreement with the Common Ecclesiological Document “The True Orthodox Church and the Heresy of Ecumenism – Dogmatic and Canonical Issues.” However, the Document will be carefully studied and after internal consultation he shall present their opinion thereon, officially and in writing.

They also discussed the way of finding a possible solution to a local issue concerning a cleric in order not to hamper the desired ecclesiastical unity. For this purpose the two bishops from Greece visited the Holy Monastery of the Annunciation in Kopilovtsy in the region of Kyustendil, to conduct discussions.

The discussions with His Grace, Bishop Photii of Triaditsa took place in a climate of mutual respect with a sincere interest to serve the unity of the Church and our common Orthodox Witness and Confession of Faith.

In Greek

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