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    http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=19793 Oriental Orthodox Churches Seek Stronger Ecumenical Ties VATICAN, Jan 27, 03 (CWNews.com) --
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      Oriental Orthodox Churches Seek Stronger Ecumenical Ties

      VATICAN, Jan 27, 03 (CWNews.com) -- Representatives of the Oriental Orthodox
      churches are in Rome this week, for a series of talks sponsored by the
      Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.

      The meetings, which will be held January 27- 29, include representatives of
      the Coptic Orthodox, Syrian Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic, Ethiopian and
      Eritrean Orthodox, and Syro-Malankar churches. These Oriental Orthodox
      churches broke from Rome in the first major split within Christianity, after
      the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Long before the "Great Schism" of the 11th
      century, which gave birth to the Orthodox churches that now center around
      the great patriarchates of Constantinople and Moscow, these Oriental
      Orthodox groups had established their own hierarchies, independent of the
      Holy See.

      Ecumenical talks with the Oriental Orthodox groups hold special promise,
      because the theological disputes that originally caused their break with the
      Holy See in the 5th century have been largely overcome, and the political
      tensions that exacerbated their difficulties with Rome are now mostly
      forgotten. In recent years some leaders of these Eastern churches-- most
      notably the Armenian Apostolic Church-- have signed mutual statements of
      faith with the Vatican, indicating that theological disagreements have been
      resolved.

      Although the different Eastern churches classified under the "Oriental
      Orthodox" heading are separate groups, they consider themselves members of
      one ecclesial community; they recognize the validity of each other's
      sacraments, and allow concelebration of the Eucharistic liturgy. They are
      also noteworthy for their frequently close relations with Eastern Catholic
      communities.

      Father Johan Bonny, a spokesman for the Pontifical Council for Christian
      Unity, observed that the current tensions in the Middle East have spurred
      the Oriental Orthodox churches to redouble their pursuit of unity with each
      other and with the Catholic Church.



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