Third meeting of the Pro Oriente Steering Committee for Orthodox–Catholic Dialogue

9 Nov 2020

The Pro Oriente Steering Committee for Orthodox–Catholic Dialogue (POSCOCD) held its third meeting online on 6–7 November 2020.

The aim of the meeting was to update on three projects of the Steering Committee promoting Orthodox–Catholic rapprochement. The “Healing of Memories” working group, which deals with the particularly sensitive historical issues relating to the relationship between Orthodox and Catholics, is reflecting on specific situations in the Middle East, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The working group on “Connecting Dialogues” is planning a database in various languages on documentation on the different dialogues between Catholics and Orthodox. The “Reception and Inspiration” group has proposed various projects aimed at facilitating reception of the results of dialogue in the Church and in wider society.

The fourth meeting of the Steering Committee will take place in November 2021 in Vienna. In the meantime, the members will continue their activities in the working groups.

The Pro Oriente Steering Committee for Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue is an informal Orthodox-Catholic dialogue of the Pro Oriente Foundation. Established in 2018, it gathers annually 16 Catholic and Orthodox theologians from different countries with a view to presenting proposals to Pro Oriente to promote Orthodox-Catholic rapprochement.

Reverend Father Hyacinthe Destivelle, OP, Official of the Eastern Section, represented the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.