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CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX PANEL ANALYZES 3 TOPICS

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    1-February-2006 -- ZENIT.org News Agency CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX PANEL ANALYZES 3 TOPICS VATICAN CITY, JAN. 31, 2006 (Zenit.org).- At its third meeting an
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      1-February-2006 -- ZENIT.org News Agency

      CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX PANEL ANALYZES 3 TOPICS
      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 31, 2006 (Zenit.org).- At its third meeting an
      international commission for theological dialogue between the
      Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches studied three key topics
      linked to the idea of ecclesial communion.


      The meeting, of the Mixed International Commission for Theological
      Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox
      Churches, ended on Monday in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. The panel aims to
      help overcome a 1,500-year schism.


      Invited by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, the
      meeting was attended by two delegations headed, respectively, by
      Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for
      Promoting Christian Unity, and Metropolitan Amba Bishoy of the
      Orthodox Coptic Church.


      A Holy See communiqué said that participants in the meeting
      analyzed "three topics of study and dialogue related to the central
      subject of the Church as communion."


      The three topics were: "bishops in the apostolic succession, the
      relationship between primacy and synods/collegiality, and the
      functioning and ecclesiological importance of synods at the local
      and ecumenical level."


      Two expositions were presented on each of these topics, one
      Catholic, the other Orthodox.


      The Ancient Churches of the East (also called Orthodox) separated
      both from Rome as well as from the Byzantine Orthodox Churches at
      the Council of Chalcedon in 451.


      Remaining outside the influence of the Roman Empire, they developed
      their own traditions in theological and ecclesiastical aspects.


      In the meeting, the Catholic and Orthodox delegations had 14 members
      each. Established in 2003, the commission met in Cairo, Egypt, in
      2004, and in Rome last year.




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