PASTORAL AGRREEMENT REGARDING THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
BETWEEN THE PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA AND THE COPTIC CHURCH
A pastoral agreement between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of
Alexandria and All Africa and the Coptic Church was signed on
Thursday, April 5th, 2001 regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony and
The pastoral agreement was signed by the Heads of the two Churches,
His Beatitude Petros VII, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All
Africa and His Beatitude Shenouda III, Patriarch of the Coptic
Orthodox Church at the See of the Coptic Patriarchate in Cairo.
The pastoral agreement is a result of the bipartite talks and was
accepted by the Holy Synods of both Churches, the dialogue having
started between the family of the Orthodox Churches and the family of
the traditional East Churches. The agreements achieved in 1989 in
Egypt and in 1990 in Geneva related to Christology issues and
restoration of the communion between the two families and finally the
recognition of the Sacrament of Baptism.
This pastoral agreement recognizes the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony
that takes place in any of the two Churches. In more detail, if a
member of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All
Africa marries a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church it is not
necessary, any longer, for the service to take place in both
Churches. For as long as it has taken place in either Church then the
other is obligated to recognize it. This, is hoped, will tighten the
relationship between the two Churches and will assist the faithful of
either Church who live in Egypt and very often take to mix marriages.
His Beatitude on this occasion was accompanied by H.G. Alexios,
Patriarchal Vicar in Cairo and the Very Revd. George El Samaa.
The two Patriarchs, among everything else, wished this pastoral
agreement to help and nurture the growth of cooperation between the
two sister Churches.
From the Press Office of the Patriarchate,
Alexandria, April 6th, 2001
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