Moscow, June 9, Interfax - The refusal of several Churches to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council casts doubts on its status, the representative of Russian Church said.

"It is quite difficult to talk about the pan-Orthodox status [of the Council]," head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda said during the broadcast of the Rossiya-24 TV channel on Thursday.

The slated Council "probably can be called an intra-Orthodox conference, but it would be difficult to call it the Pan-Orthodox Council," Legoyda said.

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