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June 18, 2001


Prelates Address Common Vision of Eastern and Western Churches

High-ranking members of the Eastern and Western Christian churches will unite in dialogue at a Washington conference to discuss “Primacy and Conciliarity: Finding a Common Vision,” the theme of this year’s Orientale Lumen conference, held at The Catholic University of America on Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22.

To open the conference, cosponsored by CUA’s School of Religious Studies and the Society of Saint John Chrysostom, a prayer service is scheduled in which 10 ranking prelates from the three traditions, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Roman Catholic, will pray together.  The prayer session, to which media are invited, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Caldwell Hall Auditorium.

The gathering will include Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington; Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore; Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the United States papal nuncio; Archbishop John Quinn, retired archbishop of San Francisco; Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church; Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Archbishop Vsevolod of Scopelos, Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America; Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia from Oxford University; Mar Bawia Soro, Assyrian Church of the East; and Bishop John Michael Botean, Romanian Catholic Eparchy of Saint George in Canton, Ohio.

In addition to the lectures and discussion periods, several liturgical worship services will be held, including eucharistic liturgies from four different church traditions, in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The conference is open to the public, but there is a fee for the plenary sessions and meals.  Pre-registration is suggested but not required.

For more information, contact Jack Figel, conference chairman, at 703-691-8862 or e-mail jackfigel@compuserve.com.

NOTE: Media wishing to cover the ecumenical prayer service or any part of the conference should contact Melissa Steenson or Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.



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