Synaxis of the Heads of the Orthodox Churches in Constantinople

On the occasion of the celebration of the Year 2008 as the Year of Saint Paul and under the presidency of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew the Synaxis of the Heads of the Orthodox Churches, is called in Constantinople, October 9-12. The Synaxis is held along the Pauline Symposium which will run through October 16.

This biblical symposium is held in honor of St. Paul and will focus on aspects of the life, the apostolic activity and the teachings of the great Apostle of the Nations which are connected with our contemporary world. The Pauline Symposium is an academic offering of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Primates of the Church for the enrichment of their pastoral care and work.

On October 11, the Ecumenical Patriarch will deliver the Keynote Address at the Phanar, and in the days that follow the Symposium will continue and be combined with a pilgrimage to places connected with the life and work of St. Paul like Ephesus, Antalya, Rhodes, Lindos and Kaloi Limenes in Crete.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will be the chairman of the Academic Committee and the Moderator of the Pauline Symposium together with His Eminence Metropolitan Gennadios of Sasima is the chairman of the Organizing Committee.