Final Statement of MECC 9th General Assembly
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Final Statement of MECC 9th General Assembly
The Ninth General Assembly of the Middle East Council of Churches convened
in Paphos-Cyprus during the period 26-30 November, 2007 with the theme ³³So
we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us² (2 Cor
Present in this Assembly were the four presidents of the Council: H.H. Pope
Shenouda III and their Eminences Archishop Dorotheos, Metropolitan Yuhanna
Kolta and Rev. Dr. Safwat el Bayadi, and the Council¹s General Secretary
Guirguis Ibrahim Saleh. Present also were delegations representing the
member churches: The Orthodox, the Oriental Orthodox, the Evangelical and
the Catholic. In addition a number of the revered heads of churches in the
Middle East participated in this Assembly: The Archbishop of Cyprus
Chrysostomos II, Patriarch Ignatios Zacca I Iwas, Patriarch of Jerusalem
Theophilos III, Patriarch Gregorios III Lahham, Patriarch Antonios Naguib,
Patriarch Ignatios Boutros VIII Abd el Ahad, Rev. Dr. Salim Sahiouny, Bishop
Munib Younan, and Bishop Munir Hanna Anis. Present also were representatives
from the Ecumenical Councils in the World and representatives of some
The opening session was attended by the Ambassadors of the Arab Republic of
Egypt, the Lebanese Republic and the Syrian Republic.
A word of appreciation and thanks was first addressed to the Orthodox Church
of Cyprus for receiving the Assembly and following up all its works through
the presence of its Archbishop, then the participants studied and discussed
during four days the General Secretary¹s report and learned about the
various activities and services carried out by the churches through the
Council¹s divisions, departments and programs and its offices in Beirut,
Cairo, Jerusalem, Amman, Damascus, Limassol, Baghdad and the Gulf. The
participants gave their comments and expressed their vision for the coming
period and emphasized the necessity to activate the ecumenical partnership
in the theological, studies, prayers and services¹ dialogue in compliance
with the Council¹s aims in animating the work towards the unity of the
church and its witness in the Middle East and the World. They also
emphasized the importance of the dialogue, cooperation and communication
with all the Muslims in order to build a more peaceful and just world.
The participants also discussed ways for the consolidation of the Christians
in the Middle East and strengthening their presence for its developments,
advancement and formation of its civilizations.
And in order to activate the Council¹s work and make it more useful and of
greater impact, the General Assembly put forward the question of the
administrative structure of the Council for review and up-dating in order
for the Council¹s work to achieve its aim.
The issues in the Countries of the Middle East were present in the prayers,
reports and discussions. The General Assembly expressed its deep sorrow for
the oppression and injustice with which the region¹s population is
afflicted, of wars and occupation, of destruction and death, of capacity and
suppression. The General Assembly was informed about what befalls the
Christians in Iraq, as they are forced to emigrate, their churches are
assaulted and their clergy are killed.
As people of hope, the participants addressed a message to the leaders¹
meeting in Anapolis asking for the realization of the comprehensive and just
peace in their region and that the legitimate rights be returned to their
The Assembly looked forward to the day when people in the Middle East are
liberated from the occupation and the injustice in Palestine, Iraq, Syria,
Lebanon, Sudan and Cyprus, and when the prisoners are set free, then the
human being regains his dignity and rights as he was created at the image of
God. The participants addressed their Palestinian, Iraqi and Lebanese
brothers calling on them to be united and to cease being apart and killing
each other so that love fills back their hearts and their unity gets
stronger, the unity that accepts the other will all his differences and its
straightened through the hones and free dialogue.
For all that, the General Assembly called on the churches in the World to
stand by her in supporting her requests in all the international circles and
before their governments.
Finally, the General Assembly elected H.H. Pope Shenouda III an Honorary
President to the Council, so we are also elected the Metropolitan Yuhanna
Kolta and the Archbishop Theorotheos.
The four presidents to the Council were also elected and they are: H.H.
Catholicos Aram I, H.B. Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, Rev. Dr.
Safwat El Bayadi, H.E. Archbishop Boulos Matar.
The members of the Executive Committee were also elected. And there was a
renewal for the General Secretary Mr. Guirgis Saleh for another term of
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