Facts and Rumors…
A Third Council of Nicea in 2025?
Do Francis & Bartholomew want a new Ecumenical Council?
Rumors are making the rounds in the blogosphere today as AsiaNews.it released a story according to which the Eastern Schismatic (“Orthodox”) Patriarch Bartholomew I revealed that “Pope” Francis and he “agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated.”
The full story can be read here:
- “Bartholomew: With Francis, we invite all Christians to celebrate the first synod of Nicaea in 2025” (AsiaNews.it)
When you read the text, you can see that it really doesn’t say anything about a new “ecumenical council” to be held in 2025, only that there will be a gathering in Nicea to commemorate the First Council of Nicea of 325 AD.