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    Code: ZE06013105 Date: 2006-01-31 Catholic-Orthodox Panel Analyzes 3 Topics Theological-Dialogue Meeting Ends in Armenia VATICAN CITY, JAN. 31, 2006
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      Code: ZE06013105
      Date: 2006-01-31

      Catholic-Orthodox Panel Analyzes 3 Topics
      Theological-Dialogue Meeting Ends in Armenia

      VATICAN CITY, JAN. 31, 2006 (Zenit.org).- At its third meeting an
      international commission for theological dialogue between the
      Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches studied three key topics
      linked to the idea of ecclesial communion.

      The meeting, of the Mixed International Commission for Theological
      Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox
      Churches, ended on Monday in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. The panel aims to
      help overcome a 1,500-year schism.

      Invited by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, the
      meeting was attended by two delegations headed, respectively, by
      Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for
      Promoting Christian Unity, and Metropolitan Amba Bishoy of the
      Orthodox Coptic Church.

      A Holy See communiqué said that participants in the meeting
      analyzed "three topics of study and dialogue related to the central
      subject of the Church as communion."

      The three topics were: "bishops in the apostolic succession, the
      relationship between primacy and synods/collegiality, and the
      functioning and ecclesiological importance of synods at the local
      and ecumenical level."

      Two expositions were presented on each of these topics, one
      Catholic, the other Orthodox.

      The Ancient Churches of the East (also called Orthodox) separated
      both from Rome as well as from the Byzantine Orthodox Churches at
      the Council of Chalcedon in 451.

      Remaining outside the influence of the Roman Empire, they developed
      their own traditions in theological and ecclesiastical aspects.

      In the meeting, the Catholic and Orthodox delegations had 14 members
      each. Established in 2003, the commission met in Cairo, Egypt, in
      2004, and in Rome last year.

      Eastern Orthodox perspectives on church unity is subject of
      Lenoir-Rhyne College will sponsor a conference March 14-15 to
      discuss Eastern Orthodox perspectives on The Unity of the Church.
      The conference, entitled "Listen to the East," will be a
      continuation of the "Aquinas and Luther on The Unity of the Church"
      conference held last fall, which addressed the matter of Christian
      unity, with special attention paid to the 1995 encyclical from Pope
      John Paul II, "Ut Unum Sint," which translates as "That they may all
      be one" from John 17:21.

      It was decided that, in order to fully discuss Christian unity,
      input was needed from the Eastern Orthodox community.
      Therefore, "part two" of the Aquinas/Luther Conference was planned.

      Speakers for the conference include the Rev. Patrick Henry Reardon,
      a priest of the Orthodox Church, Antiochian jurisdiction; Dr.
      William Tighe, a professional historian and layman from an Eastern
      Rite Catholic Church; and Pastor Harvey L. Huntley Jr., a Lutheran
      pastor who is well acquainted with the Byzantine tradition.

      Registration for the conference begins at 6:45 p.m. March 14 at St.
      Andrew's Lutheran Church, with Vespers and the keynote address at
      7:30 p.m. The schedule for March 15 begins with introductions at 9
      a.m. in the Belk Centrum of Lenoir-Rhyne College, and the first
      lecture at 9:30 a.m. The conference will close at 3:30 p.m.

      There is no registration fee for the conference, but donations are
      welcome. The conference is sponsored by The Lenoir-Rhyne College
      Center for Theology, the Office of the College Pastor and the
      Lineberger Center for Cultural and Educational Renewal. To register,
      contact the Center for Theology at (828) 328-7376 or email to
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