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Ecumenical sensitivity of Patriarch Tawadros approaches the creation of a Council of Christian Churches

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  • Bill Samsonoff
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      2013-01-11
      AFRICA/EGYPT - The ecumenical sensitivity of Patriarch Tawadros
      approaches the creation of a Council of Christian Churches

      Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The new climate of openness and collaboration
      that has been recorded in recent months among the various Christian
      communities in Egypt could soon lead to the establishment of a Council
      of Christian Churches in Egypt. This was reported to Fides Agency by the
      Auxiliary Bishop of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts, Botros Fahim Awad
      Hanna, adding that the shared intent could be outlined on the occasion
      of the upcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, to be held from
      January 18 to 25. "In recent times, even to help a common discernment of
      the facts and phenomena related to the Arab Spring," Anba Botros
      explains to Fides "more than ten meetings between representatives of the
      various Christian denominations took place. Now we have to spread the
      statutes of an organism that expresses a shared understanding of
      Egyptian Christians especially in the areas of political and social issues."

      Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church has given his
      contribution to the new climate of dialogue and proximity among
      Christians since last November 4. On Tuesday, January 8 Tawadros
      welcomed Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the
      Oriental Churches, in the scenario of the visit carried out by the
      Cardinal in Egypt. In December, during the Christmas holidays, the
      Coptic Orthodox Patriarch wanted to personally pay homage with a visit
      to all the heads of Christian Churches in Egypt who follow the Gregorian
      calendar. "On that occasion," says Bishop Hanna "he expressed the desire
      to meet at least once a month. New Patriarch Tawadros is aware of the
      crucial importance of the ecumenical journey, and at the same time he
      reveals his profile as a pastor. He said: the doctrinal issues must be
      left to theologians. We, as pastors, have to express in front of all our
      fraternal love, in mutual love. It should be noted that his motto is the
      phrase of the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians: love will
      never have an end."

      At an ecumenical level, observers register signs of discontinuity
      compared to the predecessor Shenouda III, whose theological approach was
      not immune to prejudice against other Christian Churches. (GV) (Agenzia
      Fides 11/01/2013).


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