Last-minute politics overshadow historic pan-Orthodox council

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Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Kremlin grounds in Moscow, photo taken May 17, 2014. Religion News Service photo by Tom Heneghan

Cathedral of the Annunciation in the Kremlin grounds in Moscow, photo taken May 17, 2014. Religion News Service photo by Tom Heneghan

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(RNS) The Orthodox churches were supposed to be only months away from their first major council since the year 787.