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Orthodox leaders assess Christian presence in the Middle East

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  • John Brian
    World Council of Churches - News ORTHODOX LEADERS ASSESS CHRISTIAN PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST For immediate release: 07 September 2011 At the invitation of
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 7, 2011
      World Council of Churches - News

      ORTHODOX LEADERS ASSESS CHRISTIAN PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST

      For immediate release: 07 September 2011

      At the invitation of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, leaders
      from five historic centres of Christianity in the eastern Mediterranean
      region met in early September to discuss matters of regional and global
      concern. In addition to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Orthodox churches
      of Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem and Cyprus were represented.

      Chief among issues under discussion were the path toward peace in the Middle
      East and the situation of minority Christian communities during a time of
      turmoil. Other important topics included the preservation of the earth's
      endangered eco-systems and possibilities for fostering inter-religious
      dialogue.

      The meeting adopted a proposal for "an encounter of religious leaders in the
      region, where a form of Mediterranean Charter would be drafted and
      proclaimed". The purpose of the charter would be to address environmental
      concerns and "contribute to the peaceful coexistence and cooperation among
      religions in this region today".

      See the full text of the Message of the Heads of the ancient Orthodox
      Patriarchates and the time-honoured Autocephalous Church of Cyprus
      (Link:
      http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=85dbee728a1ddeaf6bf7 ) (3 September
      2011)

      WCC activities in solidarity with churches in the Middle East
      (Link: http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=89b83efa2f87f76bf2a2 )

      WCC and environmental concerns (Link:
      http://www.oikoumene.org/index.php?RDCT=547fef75b6cf943b4540 )
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