Leaders of eastern Catholic churches met Wednesday in Jerusalem with the aim of improving ties with their Orthodox counterparts, the Greek Melkite archbishop of the city, Lutfi Laham, said in a statement.
The symposium runs till Thursday at Jerusalem's Notre Dame centre and is to mark the Catholic jubilee year.
"Its main objective is to start a direct dialogue with the sister Orthodox Church to draw it nearer towards unity with the Roman Catholic Church," the statement said.
A source close to the archbishop said "this meeting is without precedent since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989."
Among those taking part in the symposium are the Greek Melkite Catholics of Israel, the Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria, five bishops from Ukraine, five from Romania, and delegations from Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, Belarus and Slovakia - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP)
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