Re: News: Fr K M George and Joseph M Puthusserry at Inter-parliamentary Assembly, Athens
- Even though our Church belongs to the Oriental Orthodox family of Churches, Eastern Orthodox brethren invited our people for the meeting. Unfortunately our Catholicate centenary celebration, which should have been an inter-Orthodox meeting became a multi-religious meeting. We didn't have the courtesy to invite a Bishop or atleast a Priest from any of the Eastern Orthodox Churches.
George C. Thomas
--- In IndianOrthodox@yahoogroups.com, "icon.org" <icon.org@...> wrote:
> 27 June 2013 - Athens
> The Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy has opened its 20th year
> jubilee conference in the Greek Parliament House on Thursday the 27th June. It is a fellowship of Orthodox parliamentarians from Greece, Russia, Rumania, Armenia, Serbia and such other Orthodox countries.
> From India Fr Dr K. M. George and Sri Joseph M Puthusserry are attending the conference.
> Fr George is invited as a consultant-theologian to the Assembly. He
> presented greetings from HH Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Paulose II to the delegates, and extended an invitation on behalf of the Catholicos to a delegation of Orthodox parliamentarians to visit India and discuss with political and religious leaders matters of common interest.
> Mr Sergei Popov, prominent member of Russian Duma and President of IAO, in his inaugural speech, specially recognised the presence of the Indian Orthodox delegation for the first time at the Assembly.
> The main thrust of the Orthodox Parliamentarians' Assembly is to reflect on and promote the close relationship between Orthodox
> Christian spiritual- ethical values in political governance and the
> furthering of democracy, freedom, justice and human dignity in the
> contemporary world.
> Participants of the assembly are all committed members of autocephalous Orthodox churches around the world.