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Importance of ecumenical dialogue, reflection and action

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 dicembre 2012

The General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), Rev. Dr Guy Liagre, and the President of CEC, His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, had a meeting with His All Holiness, Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch on 3rd December. H.A.H. Bartholomew occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church and presides, in a fraternal spirit, among all the Orthodox Primates. As the Ecumenical Patriarch he transcends every national and ethnic group on a global level and today is the spiritual leader of approximately 250 million world-wide. The Ecumenical Patriarchate underlines the important role of theological dialogues and interfaith consultations with Islam-Judaism and ecological symposiums. The Ecumenical Patriarch stated that: “Only through dialogue are we protected from mutual hatred. Dialogue takes place with love, just as blood is for the body. Once blood stops circulating, the body dries out. When dialogue dries, love dies and then wrath and hatred appear. Nevertheless, dialogue takes place in order to revitalise a relationship which was dead, it is able to create a new relationship, and that is a miracle”.The General Secretary of CEC was presented with a copy of a gold medal given on behalf of the American Congress to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in recognition of his outstanding and enduring contributions toward religious understand and peace. The CEC delegation was also presented with a new handbook for Christian ecological practice; Greening the Orthodox Parish. This book is published by The Orthodox Fellowship of the transfiguration, a pan-Orthodox fellowship proclaiming the ecological mission of the Orthodox Church as the reconciliation of all things in Christ, with a primary focus on relating Christianity to environmental issues in the U.S. and Canada as they also relate to global concerns.Rev. Liagre stated that: “I wish to underline the important role of the Ecumenical Patriarch in the dialogues between all the different faith traditions in Europe and the role played by the Patriarchate in the environmental and peace issues of our day. I would also like to add the importance of common ecumenical reflection and action in the fight against the growing secularisation in Europe. CEC is in a unique place in working together with all our member churches in these most important dialogues.”This visit is part of a continuing series of visits to CEC Member Churches by the General Secretary of CEC.

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