THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE ORIENTAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES
- THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE ORIENTAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES
Jan 15, 2009 - Following the meeting of the Executive Committee of
the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) on 15 January, the members
of the Standing Committee of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the
Middle East, met in the evening at the Armenian Catholicosate of
Cilicia, Antelias (Lebanon).
H.E. Metropolitan Bishoy and H.G. Bishop Mark represented the Coptic
Orthodox Church, and H.E. Metropolitan George Saliba and H.G. Bishop
Daniel represented the Syrian Orthodox Church. His Grace Bishop Nareg
represented the Armenian Orthodox Church. The General Secretary of
MECC also attended the meeting.
In the first part of the agenda they discussed the relationships of
the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the region with the MECC and the
World Council of Churches, and the status of theological bilateral
dialogues. In this context they discussed the implications of the
visit of His Holiness Aram I to the Vatican on the life of the
churches in the Middle East. In the second part, they discussed two
forthcoming meetings. One, the Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic
theological dialogue to be held in the end of January, and two, the
meeting in May 2009 of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in
the Middle East, H.H. Pope Shenouda III, H.H. Patriarch Zakka I Iwas,
and H.H. Catholicos Aram I.