Catholic - Orthodox Commission prays for persecuted brethren
The Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church has released a Communiqué following the Commission's 13th plenary session, which was held in Amman, Jordan on September 15- 23, 2014. In the statement, the Commission expresses deep concern for and solidarity with the Christians and members of other religious traditions of the entire Mideast region who are at present suffering brutally violent persecution, and promise continued prayers for all the persecuted.
Thirteenth meeting of the Joint International Commission
The thirteenth meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church was held from 15 to 23 September 2014 in Amman, Jordan, a city with a long history related to the roots of Christianity. The meeting was generously and fraternally hosted by His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem.
The Commission worked under the direction of its two co-presidents, Cardinal Kurt Koch and Metropolitan John of Pergamon, assisted by the co-secretaries, Metropolitan Gennadios of Sassima (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Msgr. Andrea Palmieri (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity).
Twenty three Catholic members were present, a few were unable to attend. All the Orthodox Churches, with the exception of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria, were represented, namely the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Alexandria, the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Patriarchate of Moscow, the Patriarchate of Serbia, the Patriarchate of Romania, the Patriarchate of Georgia, the Church of Cyprus, the Church of Greece, the Church of Poland, the Church of Albania and the Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia.
The statement goes on to express profound gratitude to all those who are engaged in bringing relief to millions of refugees and displaced persons, in particular to His Majesty King Ilibn Abdullah al-Hussein of Jordan, the Commission's host for the 13th plenary session. "The Commission," the statement reads, "implores the international community to listen seriously to these Leaders regarding the most useful ways to intervene and protect those who are being persecuted, and to ensure the continuing vital presence of Christianity in the Middle East."
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