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Catholic And Orthodox Theologians Collaborate To Promote Unity

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    2004.11.07 Zenit: CATHOLIC AND ORTHODOX THEOLOGIANS COLLABORATE TO PROMOTE UNITY Experts of Both Churches Contribute to Project ROME, NOV. 7, 2004
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 8 4:51 AM
      2004.11.07 Zenit:

      CATHOLIC AND ORTHODOX THEOLOGIANS COLLABORATE TO PROMOTE UNITY
      Experts of Both Churches Contribute to Project

      ROME, NOV. 7, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Collaboration between Catholic and
      Russian Orthodox churches in theological publications is advancing
      dialogue towards unity, according to Metropolitan Philaret of the
      Russian Orthodox Church.

      "The 100 Books of Theology of the 20th Century" was presented in Rome
      last week at Communion and Liberation's international center with the
      participation of Metropolitan Philaret, also president of the Synodal
      Theological Commission of the Russian Orthodox Church.

      The initiative is the result of the work conducted by Metropolitan
      Philaret, the Moscow's Library of the Spirit Cultural Center and the
      Christian Russia Foundation.

      "The rebirth and full development of the theological traditions will
      be impossible if our theologians do not know fully the evolution and
      fruits of Christian thought of the last century, period in which the
      possibilities of our theological school were substantially limited by
      the external circumstances," said Metropolitan Philaret.

      To complete the collection the commission involved the best known
      Orthodox experts of different subjects representing the most
      outstanding centers of study of Russia, such as the theological
      academies of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the St. Tikhon Institute and
      the Orthodox Encyclopedia.

      On the Catholic side, the project enjoys the patronage of Cardinal
      Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice; Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn,
      archbishop of Vienna; and Archbishop Francisco MartÒnez of Granada,
      Spain.

      The Library of the Spirit Cultural Center was founded in Moscow in
      1993, at the initiative of the Christian Russia Foundation, Caritas
      Moscow and the Orthodox Theological Faculty of Minsk.

      Its activity has an ecumenical dimension and creates conditions for
      cultural and pastoral exchange among the different confessions. The
      center is a point of reference for Christian publishing houses in
      Russia. It publishes and distributes books that are sent to the most
      remote regions of Russia, and promotes numerous cultural initiatives.

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