Overcoming estrangement: How Orthodox churches came together

29 June 2016

Charles Camosy

(RNS) The Great and Holy Council of the Eastern Orthodox churches concluded Sunday (June 26). There was no shortage of controversy leading up to the council. The churches of Bulgaria, Russia and Georgia didn’t attend. The Ukrainian Church asked for independence from the Russian Church. Many wondered if the council’s decisions would be valid.

In the end, cooler and more charitable heads prevailed.

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