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PASTORAL AGRREEMENT REGARDING THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY BETWEEN THE PATRIARCHAT

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  • Thomas Daniel
    PASTORAL AGRREEMENT REGARDING THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY BETWEEN THE PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA AND THE COPTIC CHURCH A pastoral agreement between the Greek
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      PASTORAL AGRREEMENT REGARDING THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY
      BETWEEN THE PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA AND THE COPTIC CHURCH

      A pastoral agreement between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of
      Alexandria and All Africa and the Coptic Church was signed on
      Thursday, April 5th, 2001 regarding the Sacrament of Matrimony and
      mixed marriages.

      The pastoral agreement was signed by the Heads of the two Churches,
      His Beatitude Petros VII, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All
      Africa and His Beatitude Shenouda III, Patriarch of the Coptic
      Orthodox Church at the See of the Coptic Patriarchate in Cairo.

      The pastoral agreement is a result of the bipartite talks and was
      accepted by the Holy Synods of both Churches, the dialogue having
      started between the family of the Orthodox Churches and the family of
      the traditional East Churches. The agreements achieved in 1989 in
      Egypt and in 1990 in Geneva related to Christology issues and
      restoration of the communion between the two families and finally the
      recognition of the Sacrament of Baptism.

      This pastoral agreement recognizes the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony
      that takes place in any of the two Churches. In more detail, if a
      member of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All
      Africa marries a member of the Coptic Orthodox Church it is not
      necessary, any longer, for the service to take place in both
      Churches. For as long as it has taken place in either Church then the
      other is obligated to recognize it. This, is hoped, will tighten the
      relationship between the two Churches and will assist the faithful of
      either Church who live in Egypt and very often take to mix marriages.

      His Beatitude on this occasion was accompanied by H.G. Alexios,
      Patriarchal Vicar in Cairo and the Very Revd. George El Samaa.

      The two Patriarchs, among everything else, wished this pastoral
      agreement to help and nurture the growth of cooperation between the
      two sister Churches.

      From the Press Office of the Patriarchate,
      Alexandria, April 6th, 2001

      Orthodox World News Archives online at:
      GREEK ORTHODOX PATRIARCHATE OF ALEXANDRIA AND ALL AFRICA
      http://www.greece.org/gopatalex e-mail: goptalex@t...
      Mailing Address: P.O.Box 2006, Alexandria - EGYPT
      Tel: + 203-4868595, Fax: + 203-4875684
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