Patriarch Kirill has proposed a Pan-Orthodox Council on Mount Athos
Patriarch Kirill personally led a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church at the beginning of Friday in Switzerland summit of representatives of local Orthodox churches. The meeting devoted to the preparation of the Pan-Orthodox cathedral, which, according to preliminary data, it may take place this year in Istanbul, RIA "Novosti".
In December 2015, the Moscow Patriarchate does not rule out that because of rising tensions in relations between Russia and Turkey, the place of the cathedral may change.
According to Volkov, the first hierarch in his speech suggested the possibility of a Pan-Orthodox Cathedral on Mount Athos - "because, among other things, a very important symbolic of the Holy Mountain of importance for the world of Orthodoxy."
Patriarch also drew attention to the Pre-Council meeting of heads and representatives of the Orthodox churches in the grips of churches and persecution of the clergy in Ukraine.
"Patriarch Kirill sent a detailed speech to the meeting, one of the first affected him so was the situation with the canonical Orthodoxy in Ukraine. He drew attention to the seizure of churches in Ukraine, as well as threats from schismatics to the hierarchy of the Ukrainian Church, "- said the head of the patriarchal press service.
He added that as part of the official delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church is the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) Metropolitan of Kiev Onufry.
"Being on the pan-Orthodox Metropolitan Onuphrius meeting demonstrates the true unity of the canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine with all the fullness of universal Orthodoxy," - said the priest.
In December, it was reported that the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill during the correspondence can not agree with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the important issues of the Pan-Orthodox Cathedral, which is the head of the Russian Orthodox Church also intends to hold a 2016 year.