PAMPAKUDA: On the 1st of February 2014, Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE Society (O. C. P.) Delegation visited the Oriental Orthodox members of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches at Samanvaya Ecumenical Study Centre in Pampakuda, Kerala, India. The Oriental Orthodox delegation was in Kerala for the annual Oriental Orthodox – Roman Catholic Dialogue.
The OCP delegation as lead by Dr M. Kurien Thomas (renowned Orthodox historian in India) and also consisted of Varghese John Tottappuzha (OCP Associate and Oriental Orthodox Specialist), Subin Varghese (OCP Vice-Chairman), Adv. Prasad Abraham Varghese (OCP Advisory Panel Member), Ajesh Phillip (OCP Delegate & Chief Project Coordinator- MARP), Joice Thottakadu (Marthoman TV), Eldho Varghese and Aby John Vannilam (Editor, Maveli Rajyam).
Urge for Permanent Oriental Orthodox Secretariat
Dr Kurien Thomas addressed the gathering and urged for Oriental Orthodox Unity and creating a permanent secretariat for administration needs. Archbishop Nareg Alemezian responded that several steps are being implemented to bring the Heads of Oriental Orthodox Churches. Certain events are also expected to take place in Addis Ababa in the year 2015. The Archbishop also requested prayers for the realization of the great dream.
Oriental Orthodox delegation consisted of: Bishop Daniel (Primate of the Diocese of Sydney, Australia) and Bishop Barnaba El Soryany (Primate of the Diocese of Torino and Rome) of the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, Bishop Hovakim Manoukian (Primate of the Artik Diocese, Director of the Inter- Church Relations Department) and Rev. Fr. Shahe Ananyan (Director of the Publications and Official Press Departments) of Catholicosate of All Armenians, Archbishop Nareg Alemezian (Ecumenical Officer) of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, Fr. Daniel Seife michael Feleke (Holy Trinity Theological University College in Addis Ababa) of Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate and Metropolitan Gregorious Gabriel (Primate of Diocese of Trivandrum, President of the Department of Ecumenical Relations) and Fr Abraham Thomas (Secretary of the Department of Ecumenical Relations) of Catholicosate of the East.
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|Standing (from the left): Joice Thottakadu (Marthoman TV), Dr M. Kurien Thomas (renowned Orthodox historian in India), Ajesh Phillip (OCP Delegate & Chief Project Coordinator- MARP), Eldho Varghese, Varghese John Tottappuzha (OCP Associate and Oriental Orthodox Specialist), Aby John Vannilam (Editor, Maveli Rajyam) and Subin Varghese (OCP Vice-Chairman).|
Sitting (from the left): Fr Abraham Thomas (Catholicosate of the East), Fr. Daniel Seife michael Feleke (Ethiopian Patriarchate), Bishop Hovakim Manoukian (Catholicosate of All Armenians), Bishop Daniel (Coptic Patriarchate), Bishop Barnaba El Soryany (Coptic Patriarchate), Metropolitan Gregorious Gabriel (Catholicosate of the East ) and Archbishop Nareg Alemezian (Catholicosate of Cilicia).
Photo courtesy of Marthoman TV