Common Declaration of H.H Shenouda III (Pope ofAlexandria) , H.H Mar Ignatius Zakka I (Patriarch ofAntioch ) and H.H Aram I about Consultative Committee of Oriental Orthodox Churches

Common Declaration of H.H Shenouda III (Pope ofAlexandria) , H.H Mar Ignatius Zakka I (Patriarch ofAntioch ) and H.H Aram I about Consultative Committee of Oriental Orthodox Churches

Representatives of our Oriental Orthodox Churches have agreed to meet on 24 January2005, in Rome, as a consultative committee of our Family of Churches. This will take place one day before the second meeting of the International Joint Commission with the Catholic Church. This consultative committee will meet on every occasion of theological dialogues or ecumenical meetings to coordinate all the operation and standpoints of our Family.

The Family of the Oriental Orthodox Churches is composed of seven delegations (Coptic Orthodox Church, Syrian Orthodox Church, Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenian Apostolic Churchof the Great House of Cilicia, Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Indian Orthodox Church and Eritrean Orthodox Church). In all bilateral dialogues and ecumenical gatherings when we participate as one Family this structure should be kept. Therefore, we recommend that all the diocesan bishops follow the recommendations in all ecumenical gatherings.
St. Mark Centre, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt; 21 October 2004

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