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    HTML version (with links)/previous bulletins: http://tinyurl.com/yybey4 Heads of Oriental Orthodox Churches Meet in Egypt Worldwide Faith News (press release)
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      HTML version (with links)/previous bulletins: http://tinyurl.com/yybey4

      Heads of Oriental Orthodox Churches Meet in Egypt Worldwide Faith News (press release)

      H.H. Pope Schenouda II, Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, H. H. Patriarch
      Zakka Iwas, Head of the Syrian Orthodox Church held their annual meeting
      from November 22-24, 2006, at the St. Mark Center, Nasr City, Cairo. H.H.
      Catholicos Aram I, Head of the Armenian Orthodox Church canceled his
      scheduled trip to Egypt for the meeting due to the latest events in Lebanon.

      However, the two spiritual leaders remained in contact with H.H. Aram I
      throughout the meeting, exchanging views on a variety of issues.

      At the end of the meeting, the three Heads of Churches condemned the
      ordination of an individual as bishop by schismatic and non-canonical
      bishops who claim to be Orthodox and emphasized the necessity of
      strengthening cooperation between primates and communities of the three
      Oriental Orthodox churches.

      On the agenda, the Middle East Council of Churches, which called for the
      presence of Mr. Guirgis Saleh, MECC General Secretary, who joined the
      meeting at a later stage.

      The Common Declaration of the meeting is posted on the MECC website at
      www.mec-churches.org <http://www.mec-churches.org/>

      Middle East Council of Churches
      Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon
      Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary +961-1-353-938

      35th Anniversary of the Installation of HH Pope Schenouda III Worldwide Faith News (press release), NY

      Violence Against Women ­ ChristianPerspective

      The MECC Women¹s program in Egypt organized a one-day seminar in St. Mina
      church in Alexandria, on November 24 on the theme ³Violence against Women ­
      A Christian Perspective". After welcoming the 100 participants, the
      director of the Unit on Education & Renewal shared his reflection on the
      theme stating that "violence is an inhuman language that does not reflect
      the Christian understanding of life which is based on dialogue and mutual
      respect". A Bible study was conducted on the role of women at the time of
      our Lord Jesus, and later in the Church. Keynote speaker Dr. Nadia Halim,
      Professor of Sociology at the Cairo University underlined that the
      international community was able in the last few decades to give the woman a
      role in the society and yet remained unable to stop considering her as a
      "secondary person". Dr Halim defined violence as anything that hurts the
      other. She also talked about types of violence, reasons behind violence, and
      the Christian perspective in overcoming violence against women. A short
      film in Arabic entitled "Al-Shok" showed some sad and tough situations lived
      by women in the Egyptian society. For further information, please contact
      Dr. Samiah Faraj, Women¹s Program Coordinator in Egypt.

      Middle East Council of Churches
      Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon
      Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary +961-1-353-938

      Christian-Muslim Youth Seminar in Aleppo - Syria

      Young Christians and Muslims from the Middle East, representing churches and
      Islamic institutes will meet in Aleppo for three days to discuss the topic:
      "Creation & Religions as Sources of Unity".

      This Seminar comes as a follow up to other Christian-Muslim Youth encounters
      and is one of a series organized during the past four years by the Middle
      East Council of Churches General Secretariat in coordination with the Unit
      on Education and Renewal. These youth encounters are motivated by the deep
      conviction that grass-roots young people should be part of the mainstream
      dialogue between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, and that they
      should be encouraged to learn about each other in order to maintain the
      dialogue of life.

      The Seminar will be organized as part of the special celebrations of the
      city of Aleppo in Syria named "The Capital of Islamic Culture for 2006". It
      will start on November 30 and end on December 3, 2006, providing space for
      young Christians and Muslims to interact in dialogue and discussions on the
      chosen theme. Field visits to Christian and Muslim institutes will be part
      of the daily program as well as sight seeing in Aleppo.

      The opening ceremony will be marked with the presence of H.G. Archbishop
      Butros Mryati, Archbishop of the Armenian Catholic Archbishopric in Aleppo
      and member of the MECC Executive Committee, Fr. Hady Mahfouz, MECC Associate
      General Secretary and Christian and Muslim religious leaders in Aleppo.
      For further information, please contact Mr. Razek Siriani at:

      Middle East Council of Churches
      Office of International Ecumenical Relations P.O. Box 5376, Beirut, Lebanon
      Guirgis Ibrahim Saleh, General Secretary +961-1-353-938

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      Latest news about the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate online at:



      Individuals who may have missed the November 29, 2006 live broadcast of the
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      of Thanksgiving may now watch an on-demand re- broadcast online at


      1 December, 2006 IRAN – TURKEY – VATICAN Negative reactions in Iranian press over Pope’s Turkey visit by Darius Mirzai Benedict XVI is accused of “Islamophobia” and collusion with Bush and Blair. The Pope’s ecumenism is resented as a threat to Islam, but especially as a judgement on the bad relations between Shiites and Sunnis in Iraq and Iran. Tehran (AsiaNews) – Discretion but also negative tones characterise coverage of the Pope’s trip to Turkey in the Iranian press. By contrast, victimhood and triumphalism (“The Pope apologises”) had been front and centre in almost every Iranian paper following Benedict’s speech in Regensburg and his quote of Manuel II...

      1 December, 2006 VATICAN – TURKEY Pope back from Turkey pleased with progress in dialogue by Franco Pisano The prayer in the Blue Mosque shows respect for Islam and should improve the situation of Christians living in Muslim countries. Reactions in the ecumenical Patriarchate to the visit are positive in terms of long-term ecumenism. Rome (AsiaNews) – The silent prayer in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque is very likely to come to symbolise Benedict XVI’s trip to Turkey, his first to a predominantly Muslim country, a trip according to those who accompanied him that pleased...


      30 November, 2006 VATICAN – TURKEY In Istanbul’s Blue Mosque the Pope prays for the brotherhood of humankind by Franco Pisano In a relaxed atmosphere following weeks of tensions and fears that accompanied the Pope’s arrival, Benedict XVI also visits Saint Sophia and the Armenian cathedral. Now it is time to wait for reactions in the Muslim world. From our special correspondent. Istanbul (AsiaNews) – Two minutes of silence, a prayer made obvious only by the moving lips of Benedict XVI and the imam of the Blue Mosque. Different prayers, of course, elicited by the Pope who said—“Let us pray for brotherhood and the good of humanity!—in response to the imam, who during the visit to...


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      Russian Orthodox leaders say they can work with Pope Benedict Moscow (ENI). In interviews coinciding with Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Istanbul to meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople, Barthomeos I, two senior Russian Orthodox clerics praised his intelligence and moderation in relations with their church. "I have a very high regard for his theology, for his discipline of mind and word," Metropolitan Kirill of Kaliningrad and Smolensk, chairperson of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department of External Church Relations, told Moscow News. [356 words, ENI-06-0946]
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