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Musical Acknowledgement: Title: Fecoara; Byzantine Chants (Romania)
From March 4-6, 2009 altogether 19 Bishops from various countries have visited the ITI (International Theological Institute) in Gaming, Austria. 150 Attendees listened attentively while the Bishops of the Eastern Catholic Churches did discuss on the Symposium The Mission of the Eastern Catholic Churches in the Life of the Universal Church and for the Modern World.
The Consensus was, that the Eastern Catholic Churches are aware of their role as bridge builders helping to connect Orthodox Christians with Roman Catholics through Dialogue and a deeper understandig.
This certainly is a continuous challenge as the Eastern Catholic Churches are often seen by their Orthodox brothers as betrayers and by Roman Catholics as strangely different.
The Eastern Catholic Churches do acknowledge the Pope of Rome as the head of their Church, at the same time they cherish their Orthodox traditions, which manifests especially in the colorful Byzantine Liturgy, the Jesus Prayer (Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me) and many other details like accepting married priests etc.
One Bishop said on the Symposium at the ITI in Gaming: it is good to know the differences between the Churches. But isnt it the most essential to follow the footseps of Christ, seeking to life according to the Gospel? What testimony can be greater than LOVE? If we learn to love each other and learn to love even our enemies, then Jesus Christ will truly live in our hearts. Like this we will give the greatest testimony to the world.
Wont enemies eventually cease to exist, if your love conquers their heart? Think about it.
The Bishops that have been on at the Symposium are:
on the official „Bishop Photo in order, left to right according to the step they are on:
First step: Msgr. Larry HOGAN, Archbishop Jan BABAJAK - Slovakia, Cardinal Christoph SCHÖNBORN
Second step: Bishop Mishel HRYNCHYSHYN C.SS.R, France
Third Step: Bishop Alexandru MESIAN Lugoj, Romania;Bishop Milan CHAUTUR C.SS.R., Kosice, Slovakia
4rth: (standing to the right) Bishop John M. KUDRICK USA Bishop of the Eparchy of Parma; Bishop Christo PROYKOV - Bulgaria
5th (Standing to the left) Bishop Milan SASIK Mukacevo, Ukraine
6th: Archimandrite Sergius GAJEK, MIC - Belarus, (then to the right) , Bishop Hlib LONCHYNA Kyiv-Halych, Ukraine; Bishop Florentin CRIHALMEANU Cluj-Gerla, Romania
Top leaning out Bishop Peter RUSNAK Bratislava, Slovakia; Bishop Jeseph WERTH, SJ Novosibirsk, Russia; Bishop Yaroslav PRYRIZ Sambir-Drohobych, Ukraine
Missing on the official photo are: Bishop Peter Fülöp KOCSIS, Jajdudorog, Hungary and Bishop Virgil BERCEA Oradea Mare, Romania