cc. Almost 1,000 years after the splitting of the Christian Church in the year 1054 into the Roman Catholic Church based in Rome and the Orthodox Church based in the former Constantinople, both Christian churches have succeeded to express their wish to overcome the existing differences and to issue a joint declaration on the similarities in the church historical observation, in the Christian faith and in central ethical issues. This is a history-making meeting and a sign that it is possible to overcome serious differences and how, in view of the state of the world, to put the things in common into the centre. In this sense, the following joint statement could give guidance for the currently again very tense and volatile East-West relation.
The official English translation of the full joint declaration is below:
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
and the love of God the Father and
the fellowship of the holy Spirit be
with all of you” (2 Cor 13:13).
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