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History and Perspectives of the Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Churches: quaestiones selectae

Teo 208 [Patriarch Athenagoras – Chiara Lubich Chair] The Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church: quaestiones selectae

Class hours and workshops: 42

Credits (ECTS): 6

Int 113 History and Perspectives of Ecumenical Dialogue

Class hours and workshops: 21

Credits (ECTS): 3

LM-OT Specialization in Theology

Biennial: a.y. 2022-2024

Year: 1st2nd

class appointments are scheduled at the beginning of the academic year

LM-CU Specialization in Communication Peace and Dialogue

Course held in Italian

The course is divided into three parts:

1 – in the first part, of general and introductory nature, the fundamental elements, especially theological, related to the history of ecumenical dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church as a whole since the Second Vatican Council are offered. The historical profile of the break in full communion between the Church of the West and the Church of the East is examined and reconstructed through the phases and main documents of theological dialogue, identifying the questions that are still open;

2 – in the second part, more specific and brief in nature, the history of the charismatic encounter between Patriarch Athenagoras and Chiara Lubich is retraced, identifying the fruitful outcome all the way to the establishment of the ecumenical Chair bearing the same name, and illustrating the original method of dialogue that it proposes;

3 – in the third, finally, the most substantial part, selected themes are studied every year, with the help of exponents of the Orthodox Church, exploring the liturgical, spiritual and theological tradition of the Christian East and offering the possibility for a direct experience of dialogue.

Bibliographical references:

For the first part:

For the second part:

For the third part: bibliographical indications will be given based on the specific themes addressed in the course.

Professors  Piero Coda – Metropolitan Maximos Vgenopoulos of Selyvria

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