Athens: Two-day religious conference to be held in the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs

A two day religious conference will be held in Athens on the last day of February. The conference entitled Religious and Ecclesiastical Diplomacy in the 21st Century will touch upon the major religious and operational issues related to Christian populations and their coexistence with other religious communities across the world.

The conference aspires to discuss the ethical principles and action plans for making ecclesiastical and religious diplomacy interventions more effective in the modern age. The conference also examines the growing interrelations between intra-Christian religious schools of thought but also Christianity’s ties with other religions as well, with particular reference to Islam.

The conference is held under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The panels will be hosted in the renowned auditorium G. Kranidiotis, situated within the Ministry’s premises. The conference will initiate on 28 February and conclude its proceedings a day later on 01 March 2019. Its opening ceremony will be attended by the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, the Archbishop of Greece Ieronymos II of Athens, several ministers, ecclesiastical and religious delegations from diverse parts of the world.

The conference will discuss an array of themes including among others, the history of the Greek Orthodox religion and its contribution to the establishment of Modern Greece and frameworks on the peaceful coexistence of Christian and Muslim communities. Additional topics under consideration will touch upon the cultural and religious impact of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the cultural impact of Hebrew communities in Modern Greece, as well as the Christian Churches of Armenians, Assyrians, and Egyptian Copts. Finally, the conference will also deal with the impact of Pontifical diplomacy in state conflicts and the role of religious good offices in settlement of disputes, ways to combat human trafficking and the impact of Byzantine heritage in modern ecclesiastical and religious diplomacy.

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