INDIA: Catholic, Orthodox Churches agree to share services
December 18, 2009
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (UCAN) — Catholic and Orthodox Churches have agreed to share priestly services and infrastructure in a major development in their often troubled 356-year-old history.
As a first step, they have agreed to share churches for Sunday Mass outside Kerala. Recent meetings between the two also explored the possibility of sharing cemeteries and the services of priests at funerals.
The Church leaders have asked their theologians to prepare guidelines to implement this agreement.
The Inter-religious Dialogue Commission of the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council met with the Syrian Jacobite and Syrian Orthodox Churches in mid-December to seek ways to foster greater unity and cooperation.
The bishops’ council represents all three Catholic Church rites in Kerala — the Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara rites.
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