ANTELIAS, LEBANON ¨C On Saturday, October 18, 2003
at the end of the annual meeting of the Heads of the
Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East,
His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church,
His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I of the Syrian Church and
His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Church-
Catholicosate of Cilicia signed a common declaration
underlining their concerns and perspectives related
to the active participation of their faithful in
Evangelism, Diakonia, Christian education, theological
formation and youth involvement as the genuine expressions
of life and witness of their Churches. Additionally,
issues related to theological dialogues and ecumenical
collaboration on global and regional levels, as well
as human rights, social justice, peace and inter-faith
relations were discussed and highlighted.
On Friday evening, October 17, 2003, His Holiness Aram I
hosted an official dinner at the Catholicosate in honor
of His Holiness Shenouda III and His Holiness Zakka I.
The dinner was attended by 150 guests, including the
representatives of the President of the Republic,
His Excellency General Emil Lahoud, of the Speaker of the
Parliament, His Excellency Mr. Nabih Berri, and of the
Prime Minister, His Excellency Mr. Rafik Hariri, and
Christian and Muslim spiritual leaders, dignitaries of the
diplomatic corps and leaders of the Armenian community.
His Holiness Aram I addressed the guests and indicated
that the meeting of the three Spiritual Heads of the
Oriental Orthodox Churches is the manifestation of Christian
unity, inter-religious and ecumenical cooperation and
expression of a living faith.
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