Heads of Orthodox Churches meet amid the eschatological rumors
The meeting of Orthodox bishops for preparing a Pan-Orthodox Council is set to begin at the center of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on January 22 in the Swiss town of Chambésy. The meeting will be attended by the heads of all canonical Orthodox Churches of the world. Only the Patriarch of Antioch, John X, the Metropolitan of Warsaw and All Poland, Sawa, and the Arch-bishop of the Church of Greece, Hieronymus, will not attend. The official reasons for refusing attendance on their behalf are related to personal issues and health.
Preparatory activities, as well as the future of the cathedral itself, have drawn mixed reactions on the part of many believers, which has helped to invigorate an eschatological mood.