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International Inter-Orthodox Scientific Symposium at the Theological School of Halki

On Tuesday, June 13, at the Theological School of Halki, the proceedings of the International Interorthodox Scientific Symposium took place, with the title “The contribution of Halki Professors and Graduates to Interorthodox relations: Theological School of Halki; cultivator of ecclesiastical personnel of the Ecumenical Patriarchate”, which is organised on the occasion of the centenary of the convocation of the 1923 Pan-Orthodox Congress in Constantinople.

The proceedings of the present Conference were announced by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who delivered an opening address.

Then, greetings were addressed by the President of the Ephorate of the School, His Eminence Elder Metropolitan Apostolos of Derkoi, The Abbot of the Holy Trinity Monastery, His Grace Bishop Kassianos of Aravissos, the President of the Estia Centre of theologians of Halki, Professor Mr. Nikolaos Xexakis, as well as representatives of the local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches and the Holy Community of Mount Athos.

The papers of the elected delegates followed, as well as discussions, while the conclusion and selective remarks were delivered by His Eminence Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon, President of the Committee on Interorthodox Issues of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Also present were representatives of the Churches of Alexandria, Serbia, Cyprus, Greece, Poland and Ukraine, a representative of the Holy Community of Mount Athos, the local Hierarchy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archon Officials of the Ecumenical Throne, the Consul of Greece in Constantinople, graduates of the Theological School, Professors of Greek and European Universities, representatives of organisations and Theological Academies.

During the course of the conference, His All-Holiness presented honorary plaques to the President, Natalia Poulou, and the Director, Flora Karagianni, of the European Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments, as well as to Ms. Irini Vantaraki, for all their contribution and assistance to the work of the Theological School of Halki.

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