John Anton (OCP Delegate & Special Corespondent in Cairo)
OCP News Service – 11/10/2015
Cairo: Pope Twardos II of Alexandria and Patriarch Abune Mathias of Ethiopia has jointly called for greater cooperation and unity between Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches.
Patriarch Abune Mathias made several proposals for Orthodox unity to Pope Tawadros II. Apart from suggesting closer cooperation between Coptic and Ethiopian Churches Patriarch Abune Mathias recommended to organize a conference of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches in Alexandria at the earliest. There should be cooperation in the areas of theology, monasticism, economic and social development. As special Committee/ Council shall be set up for the same. Bishop Beeman was appointed as the coordinator for the conference. Patriarch Mathias also recommended that the conference should be organized as soon as possible within a limited time frame.
The hierarchs also said that Eastern and oriental Orthodox Churches must be united in love of Christ. Pope Tawadros recalled his recent visit to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Patriarch Kirill and Finnish Archbishop Leo. All of them have expressed a great desire to unite.
Both Patriarch’s agreed that there must be a common global platform for Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches and all Patriarchs of both families of Orthodox Churches should meet.
Patriarch Abune Mathias visited the Ethiopian Embassy in Cairo as well as made a special visit to the hanging church. The Patriarch and delegation also visited the Church of Abu Serget (Church of the Caves), St George Monastery and also other monasteries where he met with the nuns. The Patriarch delivered a lecture for the nuns on monasticism.
The Patriarch of Ethiopia also visited Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab of Eypt and discussed various current issues.
The Patriarch observed Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning at the, miraculous Church of Lady of Olives along with several Ethiopian and Coptic Orthodox Prelates.
OCP News Service