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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

The Seventh Meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue

The Seventh Meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches Antelias, Lebanon, January 27 to 31, 2010

The seventh meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches took place at the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia in Antelias, Lebanon, from January 27 to 31, 2010.  The meeting was graciously hosted by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia. It was chaired jointly by His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and His Eminence Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette, General Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church.  H.G Dr. Kuriakose Theophilose, Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary and President of the Ecumenical Secretariat of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in India, and Patriarchal Vicar of Middle Europe participated in the ecumenical meeting as the delegate of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church.


Joining delegates from the Catholic Church were representatives of the following Oriental Orthodox Churches: the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of All Armenians), the Armenian Apostolic Church (Holy See of Cilicia),  the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church, and the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.  No representative of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church was able to attend. 

The two delegations met separately on January 27, and held plenary sessions each day from January 28 to January 30.  Each day of the plenary sessions began with a common celebration of Morning Prayer.  At its initial session, the members of the Joint Commission considered reactions to and evaluations of the agreed statement that it had issued one year earlier, “Nature, Constitution and Mission of the Church.”  This document had been approved for publication by the Joint Commission and is now being considered by the authorities of their churches. 



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