From: "Gabriel Rabo" <grabo@...
To: "suryoyo-online" <suryoyo-online@...
Date: 20 Oct 2003 12:54:48 -0700
Pope Shenouda III, Patriarch Zakka I and Catholicos Aram I Sign a Common
Declaration in Antelias
ANTELIAS, LEBANON - On Saturday, October 18, 2003 at the end of the annual
meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East,
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church, His Holiness Patriarch
Zakka I of the Syrian Church and His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the
Armenian Church-Catholicosate of Cilicia signed a common declaration
underlining their concerns and perspectives related to the active
participation of their faithful in Evangelism, Diakonia, Christian
education, theological formation and youth involvement as the genuine
expressions of life and witness of their Churches. Additionally, issues
related to theological dialogues and ecumenical collaboration on global and
regional levels, as well as human rights, social justice, peace and
inter-faith relations were discussed and highlighted.
On Friday evening, October 17, 2003, His Holiness Aram I hosted an official
dinner at the Catholicosate in honor of His Holiness Shenouda III and His
Holiness Zakka I. The dinner was attended by 150 guests, including the
representatives of the President of the Republic, His Excellency General
Emil Lahoud, of the Speaker of the Parliament, His Excellency Mr. Nabih
Berri, and of the Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Rafik Hariri, and
Christian and Muslim spiritual leaders, dignitaries of the diplomatic corps
and leaders of the Armenian community.
His Holiness Aram I addressed the guests and indicated that the meeting of
the three Spiritual Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches is the
manifestation of Christian unity, inter-religious and ecumenical cooperation
and expression of a living faith.
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