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International Ecumenical Chair Patriarch Athenagoras - Chiara Lubich

The Chair was established in synergy with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople fifty years after the first meeting between the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras and the founder of the Focolare Movement Chiara Lubich (13 June 1967).

Co-chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Maximos Vgenopoulos and Prof. Msgr. Piero Coda

The Chair was established in synergy with the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople fifty years after the first meeting between the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Athenagoras and the founder of the Focolare Movement Chiara Lubich (13 June 13 1967), which resulted in a bright path of friendship and collaboration between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Focolare Movement with significant fruits on the way of the unity, in continuity with the Ph.D. conferred on Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (26 October 2015), and inspired by HIs Eminence the Metropolitan Gennadios Zervos, Orthodox Archbishop of Italy and Malta.

Its mission is to focus on the theological significance, to study the historical stages and to examin the existential, cultural and social implications of the ecumenical journey towards the full and visible unity of the Church through the mutual exchange of the spiritual, liturgical, theological, cultural and artistic riches of the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.

The Chair offers at the same time a space and a series of academically qualified formation paths to those who want to adequately prepare themselves to offer their contribution of life and witness, thought and dialogue.

Pope Paul VI
Patriarch Athenagoras
Chiara Lubich

The Prophecy of Unity between the Sister Churches
(25 – 26 May 2021)
It will be possible to follow the event of the Chair live on Sophia’s youtube channel
Info e Contacts:
Sophia University Institute
cattedra.ecumenica@sophiauniversity.org
Academic Secreteriat
Dr. Anita Gei
anita.gei@sophiauniversity.education
Administrative Secretariat
Dr. Gustavo Jose Socias Visconti
gustavo.socias@sophiauniversity.education

Published in May 2022 in memory of His Excellence Metropolitan Gennadios Zervos, this volume (in bilingual edition Italian-English) offers the foundational texts of Sophia University Institute’s International Ecumenical Chair, established in synergy with the Ecumenical Patriachate of Constantinople.

Published in April 2020, the volume “Life in the Spirit between East and West” offers the results of the Study Seminar in dialogue between professors and doctoral students of the Sophia University Institute and the Orthodox Theological Faculty of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

For a Culture of Unity in Diversity” is the title of this volume presenting the lectio magistralis of His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I when he was conferred the doctorate honoris causa by the Sophia University Institute, 26 October 2015.

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