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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=122016 24-October-2012 -- ZENIT.org News Agency Gathering of Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic Consultation
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      http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=122016

      24-October-2012 -- ZENIT.org News Agency

      Gathering of Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic Consultation Held in
      New York

      Leaders Discuss Immigration and Plight of Middle East Christians

      WHITE PLAINS, NY, OCT. 24, 2012 (Zenit.org).- A group of 20 participants
      representing the Roman Catholics and five Oriental Orthodox churches
      gathered in New York for the two day Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic
      Consultation last week. Leaders from both churches agreed that they
      would benefit from a better exchange of information regarding the
      programs available for new immigrant arrivals in the United States. The
      meeting was held at the Divine Compassion Spirituality Center in White
      Plains, NY.

      As part of its mission to foster Christian unity, the Secretariat for
      Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic
      Bishops (USCCB) meets annually with members of the Oriental Orthodox
      churches. Along with ministering to immigrant communities, the dialogue
      also discussed the plight of Christians in the Middle East.

      Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York, and Metropolitan Mor Cyril
      Aphrem Karim of the Eastern Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of
      Antioch (Oriental Orthodox) co-chaired the dialogue. This was the
      Metropolitan's first meeting since his appointment as new co-chairman of
      the dialogue. He succeeds Very Reverend Chorbishop John Meno, also of
      the Syriac Orthodox Church, who had served as Oriental Orthodox
      co-chairman since 1985 and recently retired from the active ministry.
      The members expressed their gratitude to Father Meno for his many years
      of faithful service to this dialogue.

      Presenters at the dialogue were Maronite Catholic Bishop Gregory Mansour
      of Brooklyn, Allison Posner, director of advocacy for the Catholic Legal
      Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), Julianne Barsoum Jabaly of the
      Syriac Orthodox Church, and Michael Guglielmo, executive director of the
      Armenian Eastern Diocese.

      On Monday evening the members traveled to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary
      in New Rochelle, New York. Together they celebrated Armenian Vespers in
      the seminary chapel and attended a dinner hosted by Father Daniel
      Findikyan, the rector. Later in the evening the members had a
      wide-ranging discussion of major events in the lives of their churches
      both in the United States and overseas.

      On Tuesday morning the dialogue examined the situation of Christians in
      the Middle East. Bishop Mansour presented the recent Apostolic
      Exhortation of Pope Benedict XVI, Ecclesia in Medio Oriente. He
      discussed the structure and functioning of the Synod of Bishops, and
      what the document had to say about the Christian presence in that part
      of the world. The members are deeply worried about the future of
      Christian communities in the region.
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