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Annual Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation

The annual Oriental Orthodox -Roman Catholic Consultation was held at the Divine Compassion Spirituality Center in White Plaines, New York Monday, October 15th – Tuesday, October 16th.

Meetings held on both days were chaired by the two co-chairs of the Consultation; His Excellency Howard Hubbard, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Albany, NY and His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch for the Eastern USA. Archbishop Aphrem Karim was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Eli Shabo and Rev. Fr. Joseph Chamoun. In addition to the Roman Catholic members of the consultation, participants included representation from the Armenian Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Malankara Archdiocese of our Syrian Orthodox Church.

The two major topics of discussion included ministry to the new immigrants and Christians in the Middle East, in light of His Holiness Pope Benedict’s visit to Lebanon last month. Ms. Julianne Barsoum Jabaly reported on our Archdiocese’s effort in resettling the new immigrants and refugees who came from the Middle East in recent years.

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