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Orthodox nations agree on holy alliance

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    Kathimerini Wed, 04 Jul 2007 0:55 AM PDT NEWS
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      Kathimerini Wed, 04 Jul 2007 0:55 AM PDT


      Orthodox nations agree on holy alliance

      Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis yesterday joined envoys of the
      overwhelmingly Orthodox nations of Bulgaria, Cyprus, Russia and Ukraine in
      signing a pact aimed at boosting the Christian roots of European culture.

      In a statement signed after talks at Athens's Byzantine and Christian
      Museum, the officials pledged to "highlight those forces which will
      contribute to European cohesion, based on common moral values and respect
      for diversity."

      The five nations are members of the Interparliamentary Assembly of
      Orthodoxy, founded by rightist MP Stelios Papathemelis.

      The pact called for "enhancing the cultural elements of Orthodoxy." It also
      praised the Orthodox Church's activities in "contributing to stability,
      peace and appeasement."

      "Orthodoxy is a stance and way of life, linking religious theory and faith
      with practice," Voulgarakis said.


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