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Cavaco Silva, durante o almoço desta quinta-feira reuniu com representantes de diferentes confissões religiosas.
O candidato presidencial defendeu que «há graça e verdades» em todas as «religiões do bem».
Num curto discurso aos cerca de oitenta representantes das comunidades religiosas, Bahai, Fundação Aga Khan, Hindú, Islâmica, Ismaelita, Israelita, Ortodoxa Grega e Protestante com quem almoçou, o candidato apoiado pelo PSD e pelo CDS-PP falou no «diálogo entre as religiões do bem», embora sem definir quais serão as religiões do mal.«Sou cristão, como sabeis.
( 22 de Dezembro 05 )

Closer dialogue between Vatican and Ecumenical PatriarchateIstanbul (AsiaNews) The Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue should be convened very soon. Vatican delegation visits Fanar neighbourhood on the Feast Day of St Andrew. When representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Vatican delegation headed by Card Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, met yesterday in Istanbul on the Feast Day of St Andrew, they began the discussion on how to reactivate the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the RCatholic Church and the Orthodox Church. They also began talks over the imminent restart of the Commission`s Joint Coordination Committee. The Vatican delegation took part with a group of Catholics to the Divine Liturgy celebrated in the patriarchal church of St George in Fanar, officiated by Patriarch Bartholomew I himself. Notwithstanding the disappointment due to Pope Benedict XVI`s absence, the presence of the Vatican delegation and Catholic faithful showed how the ties between Catholics and Orthodox are getting stronger. The activities to consolidate ecumenical dialogue are however taking place in the midst of an ongoing controversy concerning both the Patriarch and the Pope. Writing about Benedict XVI`s absence, Hurriyet quotes an anonymous European diplomat who reportedly said: "Erdogan often blames the European Union for trying to keep Turkey out because it is a Christian club. But if you look closely, Turkey behaves like a Muslim club".

O Presidente Barroso foi recebido por Sua Santidade o Patriarca Ecuménico Bartolomeos

Dubai, 22 Dec. (AKI) - Work is due to start in the next few weeks on the first Greek Orthodox church in the United Arab Emirates. It will be built at Jebel Ali in Dubai on land donated by the Dubai prince and defence minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al-Maktoum. The church will have a traditional Byzantine style and is expected to cost around 10 million dinars (2.72 million dollars), some of which will be raised through different events planned for the coming year. Once finished, the Orthodox community, which numbers around 200 in Dubai and has been attending the other Christian churches in the country for the last twenty years, will be able to organise functions, weddings and christenings with their own rites. St Mary's Church, which is due to take around 18 months to build, will be the first in the ancient Byzantine style in the Gulf region. Iraq and Kuwait each have one Orthodox church. Earlier this month the foundation stone was laid for the first Christian church in Qatar. The Catholic church is being built on a plot of land donated by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. Other Christian denominations, including Anglicans, Copts and Orthodox, will build their churches on the same

O Padre Católico J. Nuno(Porto) organiza em Portugal o encontro


LISBON, PORTUGAL 17-21 May 2006

ENHCC 9th Consultation organiser Fr. Stavros Kofinas
is a priest (protopresbyter) of the Orthodox Church and representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to the European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy.  He was elected  as the first co-ordinator of the ENHCC