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Orthodox summit highlights the importance of Christian Orthodox unity

by Premier Journalist

A brotherly unity meeting was held Wednesday in the Jordanian Capital, Amman, where various Orthodox delegations gathered to initiate a dialogue, and work for unity and reconciliation within the Orthodox Communion.

Patriarchs of Jerusalem (Theophilos III), Russia (Kirill) and Serbia (Irinej) were joined by Representatives of Romania (Nifon), Poland (Abel), and Czech-Slovakia (Rastislav) were the key attendees of The Amman Fraternal Familial Gathering of the Orthodox Primates and Delegates.  

Various matters concerning the Orthodox Church were discussed during the meeting; including the ecclesiastical situation of the Ukrainian Church, which is seeking spiritual split from Russia. The participants urged to resolve the issue through an all-Orthodox dialogue.

The participants believe that another gathering of this kind needs to take place before the end of this year, to further strengthen the fraternal bonds between leaders of the different orthodox churches and "to renew dialogue in the prayerful hope of bringing reconciliation where there has been discord". 

They hope Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, senior of all Patriarchs, would join the dialogue then.

The delegations were received afterwards by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, Custodian of the Christian Holy Places in the Holy Land.

Abdullah showed his appreciation for the gathering and the initiative of Patriarch Theophilos, who called for a dialogue between the Orthodox churches in November last year.

A prayer for the world to end war, sickness and suffering, and for all the Christians as well as for the unity of the Orthodox Church will be held in the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) in Jerusalem, before the Tomb of Christ. Fulfilling Patriarch Theophilos's wish.

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