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Vatican, Oriental Orthodox Churches Set Up Dialogue Committee

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  • Thomas Daniel
    VATICAN, Jan 31, 03 (CWNews.com) -- After three days of preliminary talks, Vatican officials and representatives of the Oriental Orthodox churches have agreed
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      VATICAN, Jan 31, 03 (CWNews.com) -- After three days
      of preliminary talks, Vatican officials and
      representatives of the Oriental Orthodox churches
      have agreed to set up a formal committee for ecumenical
      dialogue.

      The meetings held in Rome this week, under the sponsorship
      of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, brought
      together representatives of the churches that broke with
      Rome after the Council of Chalcedon in 451-- long before
      the "Great Schism" that led to the establishment of the
      larger Orthodox churches. The Oriental Orthodox groups
      include the Syrian Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic,
      Syro-Malankar, Coptic, Ethiopian, and Eritrean Orthodox
      churches.

      These Eastern churches are not formally tied with one
      another, but generally regard themselves as forming a
      single ecclesial family. Although the Oriental Orthodox
      broke with the Holy See because of differences on
      Christological issues, their theological disagreements
      with Rome have subsequently been resolved, and prospects
      for ecumenical progress are generally regarded as
      promising.

      The three-day meeting in Rome was co-chaired by Cardinal
      Walter Kasper (bio - news), the president of the Pontifical
      Council for Christian Unity, and Metropolitan Amba Bishoy
      of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The joint committee for
      ecumenical dialogue, set up during this week's meetings,
      will hold its first sessions in January 2004.
      http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=19830

      In His Love
      Thomas Daniel (Reji)
      St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
      Cheppaud, Alleppy (Dist), Kerala, India.
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