Archdiocese's book commemorates 2000 Catholic-Orthodox summit

January 29, 2001|By John Rivera | John Rivera,SUN STAFF

To mark last summer's historic meeting between Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians in Emmitsburg, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has produced a commemorative book that is being distributed worldwide this week.

The 120-page book documents the 10-day meeting in July at Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, the eighth official session during the past two decades between the two churches, which are attempting to overcome a nearly millennium-long schism between East and West. It was the first time the two churches' officials met in the Western Hemisphere.

The book also documents public worship services at the Basilica of the Assumption and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Baltimore, as well as at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington.

"It was done in order that the memory of what happened in Emmitsburg, Baltimore and Washington may be more widely shared," said Cardinal William H. Keeler, the archbishop of Baltimore. "We wanted to tell people what happened and inspire them to keep at it."

Keeler noted that it was appropriate that the commemorative book was published during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The book features dozens of color photographs by Marty LaVor, an Alexandria, Va., photographer who frequently accompanies Keeler on trips abroad.

The session was the first time the two groups had officially met since 1993 in Balamand, Lebanon.

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