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How long until Full Communion? The Ecumenical Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches
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Catholic OrientalThe Department of Catholic Studies as part of the Ecumenical and Inter-religious Dialogue Lecture Series is proud to present the following lecture:

Title: How long until Full Communion? The Ecumenical Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. 

Details: July 31, 2013; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; Faculty Louge, University Center, Seton Hall University

Speaker: His Eminence Kuriakose Theophilose, Professor and Resident Metropolitan of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kerala, India; Member of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholic-Oriental Orthodox Churches; Metropolitan and Patriarchal Vicar of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Parishes in Central Europe; President of the Ecumenical Office of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church; Member of the Forum Syriacum, Pro-Oriente, Vienna; Delegate World Council of Churches; Central Committee member of the World Religions Dialogue Forum, Macedonia; Visiting professor in different Universities and a highly regarded speaker.

History: Kerala (Indian) tradition is that Apostle St. Thomas established Christianity in Malankara in AD 52; it got organized and prospered with the arrival a group of Syrian Christians (Knanaites) from Urhoy (Edessa) in AD 345. The leadership of these Antiochean missionaries gave the local Christian community a new life, the Church in Malankara (Kerala) thereon adopted the rites and liturgies of the Syrian Church of Antioch and became a part of that ancient Patriarchal See. The early Christian converts (St.Thomas Christians) along with the new Christian settlers (Knanaites), came to be called 'the Syrian Christians'. The Church in Malankara continued to be under the jurisdiction of the Patriarch of Antioch, and his subordinate in the East, the Catholicos/Maphriyono, till the arrival of Nestorian bishops in 1490. Later with the coming of Portuguese in the 16th century, the Syrian Christians of Malankara came under the influence of Latin Catholics, but when they tried to forcibly introduce their teachings, the Malankara Syrian Christians revolted and finally re-organized once again under the guidance of the delegate of the Holy See of Antioch. In the 19th century, another split occurred in the Church when a group sided with the rich and influential European missionaries. Again in the early 20th century, another group defied the Holy Church to form an independent faction claiming to be of nationalistic structure, after much harassment. Even in the midst of such great trials and tribulations, by God's grace the ancient Syrian Orthodox Church, which in India (Malankara) also referred to as the Jacobite Syrian Church, continues to exist in this part of the world with its distinct identity, ardently practicing the true Apostolic faith taught by its Holy fathers.

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For more information please contact:
Prof. Ines Murzaku
(973) 275-5845


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