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Friday, December 2, 2016
Cardinal Kasper begins visit to Armenia and Georgia
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 The third meeting of the joint international commission for theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches has begun at the Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin, Armenia. At the invitation of the Catholicos of all Armenia, Karekin II, the meeting is being attended by two delegations, one Catholic and one Orthodox, headed respectively by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Metropolitan Amba Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church. The programme includes three themes for study and dialogue, all related to the central theme of the Church as communion: bishops in the apostolic succession; the relationship between primacy and collegiality; and the working and ecclesiological importance of synods at the local and ecumenical level. From 31 January to 4 February, Cardinal Kasper will visit Georgia. The visit which is the first by a president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in 15 years, comes in response to an invitation from Bishop Giuseppe Pasotto, apostolic administrator of Caucasus of the Latins. The cardinal will also hold an official meeting with His Holiness Ilia II, Catholicos Patriarch of all Georgia, primate of the Georgian Orthodox Church. In addition to delivering a talk on the subject of relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, on 2 February, Cardinal Kasper will preside at a Eucharistic celebration and later participate in an ecumenical prayer service at the cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Tbilisi, Georgia. He will also visit an ecclesiastical academy, as well as the most important shrines and centres of monastic life of the Orthodox Church. Source: VIS
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