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    http://www.jp-newsgate.net/en/2010/07/27/897/ On Tuesday 14th / 27th of July 2010, His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III received at the
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 9, 2010

      On Tuesday 14th / 27th of July 2010, His Beatitude Patriarch of
      Jerusalem Theophilos III received at the Patriarchate Rabbi Dr. David
      Rozen with a team of scientists of various disciplines, Christians and
      Jews. The visit's purpose was to accomplish a constructive
      discussion on religious, social, political, and other topics of the
      region of the Middle East as well as other regions. Rabbi Dr. David
      Rozen is well known amongst the Christian circles for his broad
      knowledge, erudition and for his active participation in and
      contribution to the dialogue between Judaism and Christianity as well as
      between Orthodoxy and Judaism under the aegis of the Ecumenical

      Rabbi Dr. David Rozen commended His Beatitude for His active
      participation in the inter-religious dialogue, His pacifying role in the
      Middle East peace process and for the time He has devoted to this.

      During the discussion, His Beatitude explained to the members of the
      visiting group the position and the efforts of the Patriarchate in the
      Holy Land and the Holy Shrines, from the very beginning during the early
      Christian times and also during the Byzantine times when the great
      Churches were built, namely the Church of the Resurrection and the
      Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the great historical
      Monasteries of the desert.

      «This period» His Beatitude clarified «ended with the surrender
      of Jerusalem, in 638 AD, to the Muslim Caliph Omar Hatamb by the
      Patriarch of Jerusalem Sophronios, who, at that time, assumed the role
      of the Ethnarch. Upon the signed agreement at that time- Achtiname,
      the relations were founded between the Patriarchate and Islam, during
      the era of the Arab and Turkish rule».

      « In accordance with this agreement, the Patriarchate protects the
      shrines, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. The Patriarchate has spiritual
      wealth, that is to say its religious and cultural heritage, but also
      tangible wealth such as residences and other land holdings for the
      maintenance of its flock and for the support of its institutions».

      «The relations between the Patriarchate and Judaism are both close
      and deep in the context of the relationship between the two Testaments,
      Old and New, but also the liturgical life of the Church. The prophecies
      and the psalms are recited during the ceremonies of our Church along
      with the Gospels and the Epistles of the New Testament and the
      ecclesiastical hymns».

      Replying to a pertinent question His Beatitude explained that the
      Patriarchate, from its revenues and from the donations of charitable
      Societies, Non Governmental Organizations and pious worshipers,
      maintains and preserves the Holy Shrines, establishes and runs schools
      and philanthropic foundations, and takes an active role in resolving
      problems that arise due to the political tension.

      With respect to the political problem of Jerusalem and the Middle East,
      His Beatitude replied that the Patriarchate maintains that Jerusalem
      should be an open city with free access for all followers of all
      religions to their Holy Places. Furthermore, His Beatitude elaborated
      that the Patriarchate, along with the other Churches, actively and
      religiously participates in the advancement of the peace process.

      «If the above is not achieved» stated His Beatitude, «that is,
      the reciprocal mutual acceptance of both nations also on a religious
      basis, then no political solution will be viable. The Patriarchate and
      the other Christian Churches of the Holy Land contribute towards the
      advancement of peace to prevail, mainly through the work of the Council
      of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land. Due to this contribution,
      the Patriarchate is visited by diplomats, representatives of states,
      peace missions and political figures, such as the former President of
      the USA, Mr. Jimmy Carter, a year ago».

      «If no regard is paid to the religious parameters particular to
      Jerusalem, then no political solution will either be achieved or founded
      in a viable manner. The Patriarchate follows with commiseration the
      consequences of the political tension and participates in the suffering
      of its victims with prayer, dialogue and endeavours of peaceful
      existence and with the propagation of a message of apology, love,
      forgiveness, conciliation, and peace».

      At the conclusion of this meeting, His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerusalem
      Theophilos III presented each one of the members of the aforementioned
      group with the book by Mr. Votokopoulos on the illustrated manuscripts
      of the Central Library of the Patriarchate.

      Chief Secretary's Office.

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