For only the second time in 1500 years the heads of the Coptic and Greek Orthodox churches met Monday (October 16) in Istanbul.
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Background: For only the second time in 1500 years the heads of the Coptic and Greek Orthodox churches met Monday (October 16) in Istanbul.
The event - described as "momentous" by a spokesman for the Orthodox hierarchy - took place when Patriarch Shenouda - spiritual leader of one million Egyptian Christians - made a courtesy call on the new head of the Greek Orthodox church - Patriarch Dimitrios, who was elected earlier this year.
The Copts are the original people of egypt, who trace their ancestry from before the coming of the Arabs in the 7th century. Their church broke away from the mainly Greek Christian community during the fifth century, because of doctrinal and linguistic differences.
The Coptic church is still heretical in the eyes of Greek Orthodox Christians so no liturgy was celebrated at Monday's meeting - but after a simple religion ceremony conducted by Metropolitan Chrysostom of Myra - Patriarch Shenouda saw the Greek Orthodox leader, in a meeting regarded as a further step towards Christian unity.
SYNOPSIS: In Istanbul on Monday, a historic meeting was held at the headquarters of the recently elected head of the Greek Orthodox Church - Patriarch Dimitrios the First.....
Patriarch Shenouda the third - spiritual leader of one million Egyptian Christians - visited the Greek Orthodox Patriarch in a meeting described by one church official as "momentous". It was only the second time in fifteen hundred years that the heads of the two churches have met. since 451 AD. Greek Orthodox Christians have considered the Coptic Church heretical.
On entering Istanbul Cathedral, Patriarch Shenouda kissed a gold-embossed gospel. He had been invited there to celebrate the occasion in prayer.
But the visiting Patriarch could not attend a full service in the Cathedral, because of the division between the churches. it first arose because the Copts maintained that Christ was entirely divine, whereas the other churches believed he was both God and man. So a simple service of thanksgiving was held.
The meeting has been hailed as a further step towards Christian unity.........