PAMPAKUDA (KERALA, INDIA), 24 January 2014: The Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Roman Catholic Church will hold a week-long international dialogue at Pampakuda near Kottayam, starting from Tuesday.
The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (Indian Orthodox Church) will host the conference, which is to be held at Samanvaya Ecumenical Study Centre, Pampakuda.
More than thirty-five, including ten observers from the Oriental Orthodox Churches of Egypt, Armenia, Malankara (India), Syria, Ethiopia, Eritreia and the Roman Catholic Church will engage in a theological dialogue to discuss issues like ecclesiology, episcopacy, apostolic succession, the relevance and importance of the ecumenical councils, the Churches and its mission.
The endeavour of this year’s dialogue is to discuss the relevance of the nature and communion of the united and undivided Apostolic Church. The dialogue will seek to emphasise that communion in worship and sacraments is multi-faceted and multi-layered, hence putting the onus on the churches to realise this aim.
Seminar papers relating to liturgy and pilgrimage will be presented by eminent scholars such as Metropolitan Anba Bishoy, Fr Shenouda Masher Ishak, Metropolitan George Saliba, Fr B Varghese, Metropolitan Yuhanon Demetrius, Archbishop Yeznik Petrosyan, Fr Shahe Ananyan, Fr Daniel Feleke, Fr Columba Stewart and Fr Bagos Louvain.
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