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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 302

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Breathing ecumenical air

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 luglio 2013

One of the most sensitive issues, which was raised at today’s press conference, was the status of the relationship between CEC and the Russian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate.The speakers were His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel has been CEC President since December 2009. As leader of the Orthodox community in France and as President of CEC he has played a key role in preparing for this Assembly.The Moscow Patriarchate suspended full co-operation with CEC in 2008 following CEC being unable to take a decision about whether to admit to membership the Estonian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate. There are two Orthodox churches in Estonia; the Orthodox Church of Estonia, in fellowship with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the Estonian Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate. CEC has previously observed that the two Patriarchates of Constantinople and Moscow need to come to an agreement about the status of the two Estonian churches before this issue can be resolved.Metropolitan Emmanuel said at Friday’s press conference that last month he and CEC General Secretary Rev. Dr Guy Liagre met with Metropolitan Hilarion, Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations.He said he and Metropolitan Hilarion were old friends, and that the meeting in Moscow was productive. The CEC President was also asked about the relationship between CEC and the Roman Catholic Church.At the last CEC Assembly in Lyon in 2009 His All Holiness Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople called for a fresh impetus to encourage ‘a conference for all the European Churches’.Metropolitan Emmanuel joked that, as he hadn’t yet been asked to be the Vatican’s press spokesperson, he would decline to comment on any position that the Roman Catholic Church might take.He insisted, however, that there were good relationships between CEC and CCEE (the Council of [Roman] Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Europe) with high level meetings taking place every year.“It is high time we are not to be seen to be competing with Roman Catholic brothers, but we would be seen to be in one corporation, one body…we cannot breathe this ecumenical air with just one lung functioning.”Bishop Julio expressed his hope for improved relationships between all the Churches but especially with the Roman Catholic Church under the new leadership of Pope Francis, noting: “There are many expectations, not only in Latin America but around the world, about what a Latin American pope can do.”

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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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Planning the future of CEC

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2011

Serbian Orthodox church in Niška Banja, Serbia.

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The Revd Prof. Dr Viorel Ionita, CEC Interim General Secretary, will retire on 31 October 2011. The Central Committee noted that he had graciously extended his term at the time of the resignation of the former General Secretary and thanked him for his service. The Central Committee voted on a temporary structure for leadership of the General Secretariat of CEC upon Dr Ionita’s retirement. The Presidency of CEC will be responsible for this structure which will be reviewed at the next Central Committee meeting in January 2012. The report of the Assembly Planning Committee on the upcoming CEC Constitutional Assembly was received and the decision was taken for this Assembly to be held from 3-8 July 2013 in Budapest, Hungary.
The Central Committee received a letter from His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, President of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In this letter His Holiness expressed immediate concern for peace and security for the area of South Eastern Europe as the indigenous Serbian people and the Serbian Orthodox Church advocate for keeping the administrative border under the control of the UN forces thus avoiding threats to the stability of the area. A letter of support was sent to Patriarch Irinej indicating the Central Committee’s commitment to stand in solidarity with the Orthodox and other non-Albanian communities in South Eastern Europe as well as to promote dialogue with CEC member churches in the area.
The activity reports from the Interim General Secretary, the Directors of the Church and Society Commission, the Churches in Dialogue Commission and the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe were received by the Central Committee. The Committee also received financial reports and adopted the CEC Budget as well as the Working Priorities for 2012.
The next meeting of the CEC Central Committee will take place from 24-25 January 2012 in Geneva.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959 and has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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Conference of European Churches

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 marzo 2009

13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) to be held in Lyon, France, from 15 – 21 July 2009. In Lyon, CEC will bring together, for the thirteenth time in its history, representatives of the Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches in Europe in an Assembly under the theme “Called to One Hope in Christ”.  Approximately 800 participants, half of them delegates from the 120 CEC member churches and 40 associated organizations will participate.  Delegates at the Lyon Assembly will review CEC’s work over the past six years and identify the main tasks and priorities for the future, an important responsibility at this point in time as the ecumenical movement and Europe itself are facing major new challenges.   Throughout the Assembly, speakers and preachers will be highlighting the theme of hope.  A list of speakers will be published later on the Assembly website at   At this Assembly, the churches in Europe will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of CEC. The Central Committee of CEC has stated that the 13th Assembly will include a joyous celebration of this Anniversary as well as the opportunity to look forward to the future of ecumenism in Europe. A film entitled “Hope: European voices crossing boarders” will be presented at the Assembly together with a pictorial history of CEC on DVD and a booklet on “CEC at 50”.   Another highlight of this Assembly will be the celebration of the integration of the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME) within CEC. CCME will become the third commission within CEC; the others being the Churches in Dialogue Commission and the Church and Society Commission.

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