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Senior clerics from Russia,Greece, Bulgaria and other Orthodox nations held a vote at a rare synod in Instanbul after Patriarch Irineos1 refused to step down following his dismissal by the Holy Land's Greek Orthodox Church leadership.
Irineos has denied charges he was involved in leasing Church property to Jewish investors in Arab areas, allegations that sparked outrage among Palestinians, who see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
The Synod, attended by Irineos, lacks the authority to fire him, but its decision to end recognition is seen as an attempt to isolate the patriarch.
Irish Independent News