Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries by John ChryssavgisDialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries by John Chryssavgis

Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of Centuries

EditorJohn Chryssavgis

Hardcover | April 15, 2014

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In 1964, a little-noticed albeit pioneering encounter in the Holy Land between the heads of the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church spawned numerous contacts and diverse openings between the two "sister churches," which had not communicated with each other for centuries.

Fifty years later, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew meet in Jerusalem to commemorate that historical event and celebrate the close relations that have developed through mutual exchanges of formal visits and an official theological dialogue that began in 1980. This book contains three unique chapters: The first is a sketch of the behind-the-scenes challenges and negotiations that accompanied the meeting in 1964, detailing the immediate consequences of the event and setting the tone for the volume. The second is an inspirational account, interwoven with a scholarly evaluation of the work of the North American Standing Council on Orthodox/Catholic relations over the past decades. The third chapter presents a recently discovered reflection on the meeting that took place fifty years ago by one of the most important Orthodox theologians of the twentieth century, expressing cautious optimism about the future of Christian unity.

The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis is Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne and a clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, where is serves as theological advisor in the office of Inter-Orthodox and ecumenical relations. He is also theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental affairs. He studied in Athens and...
Title:Dialogue of Love: Breaking the Silence of CenturiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:96 pagesPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823264009

ISBN - 13:9780823264001


Editorial Reviews

"The encounter between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagorasin Jerusalem in 1964 opened communication between the Orthodoxand Roman Catholic Churches after several centuries of no contactand created the possibility of sincere theological dialogue. Now,fifty years later, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francismeet in Jerusalem to honor what their predecessors did in 1964. Theirspecial encounter will open ways of offering the healing power of theGospel in the vital work of addressing the myriad problems that stillafflict the wounded world. This excellent book, by reflecting meaningfullyon the encounter of 1964, will help Christians see the potential ofthe encounter of 2014."