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      Two New Orthodox Eparchies Established in Africa
      http://www.orthodoxie.com/2006/11/fondation_de_de.html

      November 1 - The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria decided to
      establish two new eparchies in Africa.
      Archimandrite Theodore Dimitriou will be the bishop of Mozambique. The
      Eparchy of Kolwezi (Democratic Republic of Congo) will be headed by
      Archimandrite Meletios (Grigoriatis) from Athos’ Monastery of St. Gregory.
      In addition, the Holy Synod chose six new vicar bishops.


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      Orthodox-Catholic Consultation Issues Statement
      For Immediate Release
      November 1, 2006

      CONTACT: Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos
      Tel: (212) 570-3593

      ORTHODOX-CATHOLIC CONSULTATION ISSUES STATEMENT WITH PRAYER THAT MEETING OF POPE AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH WILL CONTRIBUTE TO "UNITY OF CHURCHES AND RECONCILIATION OF ALL PEOPLES"

      New York, NY -The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation,
      meeting at Saint Paul's College in Washington, DC, from October 26 to 28,
      2006, has issued a statement on the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to
      the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. After reviewing briefly the history
      of previous meetings between Popes and Ecumenical Patriarchs, the statement
      concludes with a prayer "that the meeting of the Pope and Ecumenical
      Patriarch will contribute to the unity of the churches and to the
      reconciliation of all peoples."

      In the statement, the members of the Consultation also expressed their
      concern about the restrictions that the Turkish government has placed on the
      Ecumenical Patriarchate's ministry. These restrictions include limitations
      on the election of the Ecumenical Patriarch, the non-recognition of the
      Patriarchate's international role, the closing of the Theological School on
      the island of Halki in 1971, and the confiscation of churches and other
      property. The Consultation concludes that "the visit of Pope Benedict XVI
      to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in late November will highlight once again
      the crucial role played by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for many centuries
      not only among the Orthodox Churches but also in the broader Christian
      world." The full text of the Statement is below.

      At this 71st meeting of the Consultation, the members continued their
      in-depth study of primacies and conciliarity in the Catholic and Orthodox
      churches. Professor John Barnet of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological
      Seminary presented a paper, "The Role of Peter in the New Testament."
      Professor Brian Daley, SJ, of Notre Dame University, offered a study of the
      34th Apostolic Canon, an ancient source often cited as offering insights on
      this question. Addressing contemporary issues, Rev. Chorbishop John D.
      Faris of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, delivered his study, "A
      Synergy of the One and the Many: Governance in the Eastern Catholic
      Patriarchal Churches." Rev. Dr. Theodore Pulcini of Dickinson College gave
      a paper entitled "'Done Properly and in Order' (I Cor. 14:40): An
      Examination of Orthodox Ecclesiology Through Its Application in Four
      Contemporary Situations.'

      On the evening of Thursday October 26, the members discussed recent events
      in the lives of their churches, including the Ninth Plenary Session of the
      International Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue in Belgrade, the June 2006 meeting
      of the Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops, the election of a
      new Archbishop of Cyprus, the visit of Cardinal Kasper to Duquesne
      University in Pittsburgh, relations between the two Romanian Orthodox
      jurisdictions in North America, relations between the Moscow Patriarchate
      and the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, the 2006 Clergy-Laity
      Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and the meeting of the Orthodox
      bishops of the USA in Chicago in October. The Consultation also devoted one
      session to a discussion of reactions to the lecture given by Pope Benedict
      XVI in Regensburg, Germany, on September 12, entitled "Faith, Reason and the
      University: Memories and Reflections."

      The North American dialogue welcomed a new Catholic member, Rev. Paul
      McPartlan, the Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism
      at the Catholic University of America in Washington. Fr. McPartlan is also
      a member of the international Catholic-Orthodox dialogue, and informed the
      Consultation about its most recent meeting, which took place in Belgrade,
      Serbia, in September 2006. The participants also congratulated Fr Thomas
      FitzGerald for his appointment as Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School
      of Theology.

      During the Washington meeting the Consultation members joined the Paulist
      priests, students and novices residing at St. Paul's College for meals and
      worship. Archbishop Pilarczyk presided at Mass on Friday morning, with
      Consultation members participating to the extent allowed by their respective
      church disciplines.

      The 72nd meeting of the Consultation has been scheduled to take place from
      June 4 to 6, 2007, at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in
      Crestwood, New York.

      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation is co-chaired
      by Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of
      Cincinnati. The other Orthodox members of the Consultation include Father
      Thomas FitzGerald (Secretary), Father Nicholas Apostola, Prof. Susan
      Ashbrook Harvey, Father James Dutko, Prof. Paul Meyendorff, Father Alexander
      Golitzin, Dr. Robert Haddad, Father Paul Schnierla, Father Robert
      Stephanopoulos, Dr. John Barnet, Rev Dr Theodore Pulcini, and Bishop
      Dimitrios of Xanthos, General Secretary of SCOBA (staff). The additional
      Catholic members are Father Brian Daley, SJ (Secretary), Prof. Thomas Bird,
      Father Peter Galadza, Rev. Chorbishop John D. Faris, Father John Galvin,
      Father Sidney Griffith, ST, Father Joseph Komonchak, Father Paul McPartlan,
      Father David Petras, Sr Susan K. Wood, SCL, Dr. Vito Nicastro, and Father
      Ronald Roberson, CSP (staff).

      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation is sponsored
      jointly by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the
      Americas (SCOBA), the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious
      Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the
      Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since its establishment in 1965,
      the Consultation has issued 22 agreed statements on various topics. All
      these texts are now available on the website of the USCCB at
      http://www.usccb.org/seia/officialdialogues.shtml and on the SCOBA website
      at <http://www.scoba.us/resources/index.asp>
      http://www.scoba.us/resources/index.asp

      For Immediate Release
      November 1, 2006

      CONTACT: Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos
      Tel: (212) 570-3593

      Statement by the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation On the Upcoming Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Ecumenical Patriarchate

      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation joyfully
      anticipates the coming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate of Constantinople and his meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch
      Bartholomew on November 29 and 30, 2006. This meeting will coincide with
      the celebration of the feast of Saint Andrew, the First-Called Apostle, the
      Patriarchate's Patron Saint. It will take place in Istanbul, ancient
      Constantinople, a historic crossroads of peoples, cultures and religions.

      The meeting of Pope Benedict and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will
      continue a tradition begun in 1964 when Pope Paul VI and Patriarch
      Athenagoras met in Jerusalem, and later in Rome and Istanbul. Since that
      time, meetings of Popes and Ecumenical Patriarchs have become more regular
      but no less significant.

      These meetings have both expressed and deepened the renewed relationship
      between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which has been
      developing since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the Pan-Orthodox
      Conferences (1961-1968). Since then, both churches have affirmed their
      desire to overcome historic differences through prayer, theological
      dialogue, and acts of reconciliation.

      The meeting of Pope Benedict and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will occur
      following the recent meeting of the Joint International Commission for
      Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church
      that took place in Belgrade from September 18 to 25, 2006. Our own North
      American Theological Consultation, begun in 1965, has now held its 71st
      meeting in Washington, DC, from October 26 to 28, 2006. Both consultations
      were established by the churches to examine the theological factors
      underlying our division and to recommend steps to heal it.

      The Pope's pilgrimage to the Ecumenical Patriarchate provides us with an
      opportunity to express our concern regarding the situation in which the
      Patriarchate finds itself today. From the fourth century, the Church of
      Constantinople has exercised a significant ministry in the life of the
      Church, especially in the East. This ministry has continued to our day,
      despite drastic changes in the political, demographic and religious context.
      Today the Ecumenical Patriarchate serves the pastoral needs of Orthodox
      Christians within its jurisdiction in Turkey and a number of other
      countries. In addition, it provides a point of unity among the
      autocephalous Orthodox Churches, and coordinates their common witness and
      service.

      We are deeply concerned that the Ecumenical Patriarchate today is subject to
      severe restrictions placed upon it by the Turkish government. For example,
      by decisions reached in 1923 and 1970, the government imposed significant
      limitations on the election of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Even today, the
      Turkish state does not recognize the historic role that the Patriarch plays
      among Orthodox Christians outside Turkey. The Turkish government closed the
      Patriarchate's Theological School on the island of Halki in 1971 and, in
      spite of numerous appeals from governmental and religious authorities, still
      does not allow it to reopen, severely limiting the Patriarchate's ability to
      train candidates for the ministry. In addition, the Patriarchate has
      recently suffered the confiscation of a number of its churches and other
      properties by the government.

      We very much regret these restrictions placed on the ministry of the
      Ecumenical Patriarchate both within Turkey and abroad. At the same time, we
      commend those Turkish government leaders and citizens who advocate greater
      human rights and religious toleration within the country. The visit of Pope
      Benedict XVI to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in late November will highlight
      once again the crucial role played by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for many
      centuries not only among the Orthodox Churches but also in the broader
      Christian world.

      Both Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew have affirmed
      their desire to heal the division between our churches, and to contribute to
      healing the wounds of our societies. They have affirmed the need for
      Christians to be people of reconciliation and peace. They have called for
      mutual understanding among all faiths, and for the elimination of
      misunderstanding, prejudice and injustice wherever they may be found. We
      pray that the meeting of the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch will
      contribute to the unity of the churches and to the reconciliation of all
      peoples.


      October 28, 2006
      Saint Paul's College
      Washington, DC


      The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation is sponsored
      jointly by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the
      Americas (SCOBA), the Bishops' Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious
      Affairs of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and the
      Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since its establishment in 1965,
      the Consultation has issued 22 agreed statements on various topics. All
      these texts are now available on the website of the USCCB at
      http://www.usccb.org/seia/officialdialogues.shtml and on the SCOBA website
      at <http://www.scoba.us/resources/index.asp>
      http://www.scoba.us/resources/index.asp

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