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18474Fwd: Final Press Release: XXI International Ecumenical Conference,on Orthodox Spirituality

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    Sep 11, 2013


      Final Press Release

      XXI International Ecumenical Conference
      on Orthodox Spirituality


      Bose, Wednesday 4 - Saturday 7 September 2013

      in collaboration with the Orthodox Churches

      Bose, 9 September 2013

      On Saturday, 7 September 2013, the 21st International Ecumenical Conference ended at the Bose Monastery. Hierarchs and monastics belonging to the Orthodox Churches, to the Reform, and to the Catholic Church, after four intense days of meetings and dialogue, ended their work with a prayer for peace in the Bose monastery church, adhering to the appeal of the bishop of Rome, pope Francis.

       The representatives of the Churches

      The Bose conference wanted to listen to the wisdom of the fathers, to offer a space for reflection on the theme of spiritual maturity through the crises of passage from one age to another of life, believing that the spiritual dimension is essential for authentic human maturity. This is the idea emphasized in the numerous messages of greeting from the heads of the Churches, among them the messages of theecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I, read by the patriarch’s delegate, bishop Iosif of Patara; of metropolitanIlarion in the name of the patriarch of Moscow Kirill; and that of cardinalTarcisio Bertone in the name of pope Francis.

      For the Catholic Church, those present at the conference were bishop Mansueto Bianchi of Pistoia, president of the commission “Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue” of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, who read thegreeting of bishop Mariano Crociata, secretary general of the Italian Bishops’ Conference; archbishop Antonio Mennini, apostolic nuncio to the United Kingdom; bishopGabriele Mana of Biella, our local bishop; and father HyacintheDestivelle of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, who brought the messageof its president, cardinal Kurt Koch.

      Bishop Konstantin (Ostrovskij) of Zarajsk led the delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate, with father Dimitrij Sizonenko, responsible for inter-Christian dialogue at the Department for external affairs. Bishop Stefan of Homel’ and Žlobin read the messageof metropolitan Filaret of Minsk, patriarchal exarch of Belarus. Present were also archbishop Zosima of Vladikavkaz, father Stefan Domuschi, delegate of the Moscow Theological Academy, archimandrite Serafim (Petrovski), delegate of metropolitan Aleksandr of Alma Ata and Kazakhstan, hieromonks Amvrosij (Vajnahij) and Pimen (Vojat) of the Lavra of the Caves, who brought greetingsfrom metropolitan Volodymyr of Kiev.

      Bishop Ignatie of Mureş read the messageof patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Participating in the work of the conference were metropolitan Dometianof Vidin, who transmitted the personal greetings of patriarchNeofit and bishop Boris of Agatonitsa (Bulgarian Orthodox Church); bishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh (Orthodox Church of America); archimandrite Athenagoras (Fasiolo), who brought the greetingsof metropolitan Gennadios of Italy; canon Hugh Wybrew, who read the greetingof the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby; bishop Maximof Western America, who read the letterof Irinej, patriarch of Serbia.

      The messagesof Karekin II, catholicos of all the Armenians, of archbishopIeronymos of Athens, of metropolitanElias of Beirut, and of the secretarygeneral of the World Council of Churches Olaf Fikse Tveit were read respectively by fr Zakaria Baghumyan, prof. Spirydon Kontoyannis, fr PorphyriosGiorgi, and Michel Nseir.

      There was an important presence of monks and nuns from Orthodox monasteries (Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Mount Sinai, Armenia, France, England, United States), and Catholic and Reformed monasteries (Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary). In particular we may not fr Joustinos of the St Catherine Monastery on Sinai, fr Evdokimos Karakoulakis of the Koutloumoussiou monastery on Mount Athos, of fr Vasilije Grolimund of Geilnau. Participating in the Conference were also the ambassador of Romania to the Holy See Bogdan Tataru-Cazaban and professors Gelian Prochorov (St Petersburg), Nikitas Aliprandis (Athens), Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos).