Major Declarations: Public Proclamations

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

in In the World, Yet Not of the World

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231713
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237005 | DOI:

Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

Major Declarations: Public                         Proclamations

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This chapter focuses on the Common Declaration signed by Pope John Paul II and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Vatican in 1995. They encourage dialogue, not only between the Christian churches but also with the various religions and, above all, with those that are monotheistic. All this doubtless represents a contribution to and a presupposition of the strengthening of peace in the world, for which Churches pray constantly. They declare, without hesitation, that they are in favor of harmony among peoples and their collaboration, and pray for the full realization of the European Union, without delay, and hope that its borders will be extended to the East. At the same time, they make an appeal that everyone will make a determined effort to solve the current burning problem relating to ecology, in order to avoid the great risk threatening the world today due to the abuse of resources that are God's gift.

Keywords: Common Declaration; Pope John Paul II; Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; European Union; Christian church; religion; world peace; harmony; ecology; God

Chapter.  8816 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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