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Orthodox Documents

Message of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

April 4, 2014

(Phanar, March 6-9, 2014) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Through the grace of God, the Primates of the Most Holy Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, to the Orthodox faithful throughout the world, all of our Christian brothers and sisters as well as every person of goodwill: we […]

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AGREEMENT MADE BETWEEN PATRIARCHATES OF JERUSALEM AND ROMANIA ON RESTORING ECCLESIASTICAL COMMUNION

April 4, 2014

2014 MINUTES (PRAKTIKON) OF THE DELEGATION OF THE PATRIARCHATE OF ROMANIA & OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE PATRIARCHATE OF JERUSALEM. On the 20th and 21st of February 2013, an official delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate consisting of His Eminence Metropolitan Nifon, Archbishop of Târgovişte and Patriarchal Exarch, Rev. Prof. Dr. Viorel Ioniţă and Rev. Fr. […]

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Statement of the Orthodox Church of Antioch on the Relations between the Eastern and Syrian Orthodox Churches

December 2, 2013

November 12, 1991 A Synodal and Patriarchal Letter. To All Our Children, Protected by God, of the Holy See of Antioch: Beloved: You must have heard of the continuous efforts for decades by our Church with the sister Syrian Orthodox Church to foster a better knowledge and understanding of both Churches, whether on the dogmatic […]

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The 8th Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

December 2, 2013

December 9-10, 2005  –    –  St. Aphrem Syrian Orthodox Monastery, Ma‘arat Saydnaya, Damascus Friday and Saturday, December 9-10, 2005, the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East, His Holiness Pope Shenouda III of the Coptic Church, His Holiness Patriarch Zakka I of the Syrian Church and His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian […]

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The 2nd Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

December 2, 2013

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East and Catholicos Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenians of the Great House of Cilicia, and the members of […]

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The 10th Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

December 2, 2013

St. Ephrem Monastery, Ma’arat Saydnaya, Damascus, Syria April 19-21, 2007 C O M M O N    D E C L A R A T I O N In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, Patriarch Mar […]

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Fifth Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

December 2, 2013

This meeting was held at St. Ephrem’s Monastery at Ma’arrat Seydnaya, Damascus, Syria,  from 7-9 March 2002 and issued the following Common Declaration In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. We, Pope Shenouda III, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark of the Coptic Orthodox […]

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Third Meeting of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East

December 2, 2013

Third Meeting of the Heads of the  Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East from 4th-9th May 2000 Antelias in the Lebanon. The third meeting of the heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the Middle East was hosted by the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia at its headquarters at Antelias in the Lebanon from 4th-9th May. In addition […]

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PANORTHODOX BISHOPS’ statements ON THE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA & MISSION AND EVANGELISM (1994 Conference -Ligonier, PA)

December 2, 2013

At both the  SPECIAL CONVENTION of our Archdiocese held in Pittsburgh, PA, (July 16-18) and the biennial CLERGY SYMPOSIUM held at the Antiochian Village (July 19-22) there were many references to and much discussion about the SCOBA-sponsored PANORTHODOX BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE hosted by our Father and Primate METROPOLITAN PHILIP a decade ago (November 30-December 2, 1994) at the Antiochian […]

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Chambesy Documents

December 2, 2013

Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference Approves New Episcopal Assemblies throughout the World At the invitation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, delegates from the fourteen Autocephalous Churches participated in the historic Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, meeting at the Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy-Geneva, Switzerland on June 6-12, 2009. The Conference was a direct result […]

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Eastern Orthodox Unity

December 2, 2013

November 5, 2013 Ivan Plis October was not a month of especial cooperation in the global Eastern Orthodox communion. Protesting the appointment in March of an archbishop for Qatar by the Church of Jerusalem, the Church of Antioch withdrew its participationfrom “all the Assemblies of Canonical Orthodox Bishops abroad.” The Antiochian Patriarchate claims sole authority over the small […]

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DIALOUGE & EFFORTS FOR UNITY BETWEEN THE TWO FAMILIES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH

December 2, 2013

EFFORTS FOR UNITY BETWEEN THE TWO FAMILIES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH “Disputes merely about words must not be suffered to divide those who think alike” St. Athanasius, Tome to the people of Antioch   CONTENTS ——– 1. Preface 2. Introduction 3. Synopsis o Aarhus 1964 o Bristol 1967 o Geneva 1970 o Addis Ababa 1971 […]

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Beyond Dialogue: The Quest for Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Unity Today

December 2, 2013

Rev John H Erickson, Dean Symposium on 1700th Anniversary of Christian Armenia October 27-28, 2000 Henry Chadwick, distinguished church historian and veteran observer of the ecumenical scene, is fond of remarking that the chief reason for Christian division today is division itself.  Whatever may have been the issues initially leading to division, a division once […]

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The Second All-Diaspora Council [Sobor] of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad

December 2, 2013

On 2/15 January, 1935, a year and a half before his death, the President of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Blessed Metropolitan Anthony, reported to theSynod on the desirability of convening a Second All-Diaspora Council with the participation ofclergy and laity. In his report, Metropolitan Anthony wrote: “The conditions in […]

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Council of Bishops of 2001 and the Election of the New First Hierarch

December 2, 2013

October 2001 An extraordinary session of the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia was held from 23-31 October 2001 in the Synodal building in New York City. Thirteen bishops took part in the Council. Those hierarchs who did not attend the Council had the opportunity to come and openly declare […]

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The Act of Canonical Communion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia with the Russian orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate

December 2, 2013

The Act of Canonical Communion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia with the Russian orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate Signed on 17 May 2007 at Moscow.  We, the humble Alexy II, by God’s mercy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, jointly with the Eminent Members of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow […]

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