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THE THEOLOGICAL DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
AND THE ORIENTAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES CONTINUE IN ANTELIAS

During the past two days the representatives of the Catholic and Oriental
Orthodox Churches have been discussing their churches' reception of the
decisions of the early ecumenical councils, the impact this reception had on
eucharistic communion and the role of Rome.

Archbishop Yeznik Bedrossian, Armenian Orthodox Church, and Father Levon
Zekian, Armenian Catholic Church, presented papers on the topic by citing
Armenian sources. H.E. Metropolitan Bishoy of Damiette presented the Coptic
position by citing Coptic sources. The floor was then opened for plenary
discussion and clarification.

In the second part of the dialogue, Father Mathew Velanikar of the Malankara
Orthodox Syrian church spoke of his church's reception of the early
ecumenical council, and Dr. Ditmer Winkler presented a paper on the position
of the churches in the Persian Empire. Following the presentations and
discussions, Father Johan Mathew from the Malankara Church explained the
reasons why his church had accepted the first three ecumenical councils.

The meeting of the Theological Dialogue Commission ended with a press
conference, participated in by the two co-moderators, H.E. Walter Cardinal
Kasper and H.E. Metropolitan Bishoy, along with Bishop Nareg Alemezian. In
the evening, the participants were invited to dinner by Mor Theophilus
George Saliba, Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon, at the Syrian Orthodox
Archbishopric.

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The Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia is one of the two Catholicosates of
the Armenian Orthodox Church. For detailed information about the Ecumenical
activities of the Cilician Catholicosate, you may refer to the web page of
the Catholicosate, http://www.ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org The Cilician
Catholicosate, the administrative center of the church is located in
Antelias, Lebanon.