In a Shift, Orthodox Join Week for Christian Unity

JERUSALEM, JAN. 24, 2003 ( The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity took a decisive step in Jerusalem this year: the end of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate’s opposition to participation in these prayer meetings.

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Archimandrite Alexandros of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate participated in all the meetings, Vatican Radio reported.

The archimandrite addressed the ecumenical celebration, held in the Cenacle on Thursday afternoon, to profess the common faith and proclaim the reconciliation of Christians in Christ.

“Christ is among us,” he said, insisting at the same time that the Mother Church of Jerusalem has her visible expression in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and its head, Ireneos I.

Archbishop Aristarchos of the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate told a Jerusalem newspaper that the Orthodox participated in this Week of Prayer “with reservation, but perhaps this is already a positive change in our attitude.”

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