Sunday, November 9, 2014

Coptic Orth. Church Pope Calls for Christian Unity; Says Dialog Needed between Cath., Orth. Churches

The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, today (November 9, 2014) called for unity and dialog between Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, the Egypt Independent website reports.

During a golden jubilee celebration in Austria organized by Pro-Orienta -- an establishment launched to promote dialog between Catholic and Orthodox churches -- Egypt's pope said unity among churches comes with theological dialog as well as partnership in several fields including education, monasticism, and social development.

"We hope all churches around the world could agree on a unified day to celebrate the Feast of  the Resurrection," the pope said during the event attended by Austria's Catholic archbishop, Christoph Schonborn, and the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Koch.

The Christian Church became divided in 1054 in what is called the Great Schism, with a Roman Catholic (or Western) Church led by the Pope in Rome, and a Greek Orthodox (or Eastern) Church led by the Patriarch of Constantinople (present-day Istanbul).

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