The Great Synod of the Orthodox Church will join in 2016 for the first time in 1,100 years in St Irene Cathedral in Istanbul, where the second Ecumenical Synod took place in year 381. “The Holy Great Synod of the Orthodox Church will unite in 2016 around the celebration of Pentecost. … The decision was made during the meeting of the Orthodox Church Synaxis, the heads of the Orthodox Churches held in the Church of St George in the Istanbul district of Phanar between March 5 and 9,” said His Holiness Metropolitan Nifon, Archbishop of Targoviste and patriarchal exarch who participated in the meeting. Metropolitan Nifon added that in the period to come the preparation process for the Pan-Orthodox Synod will start, which has a major importance for the church life in contemporary world. According to Mediafax, the 14 autocephalus churches which make up the Orthodox Church are facing problems for a century, either the relations among them or the relations with the rest of the Christian world, with other religions.