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    November 1997

    Belgian Churches Send New Year's Greetings to the Jewish Community
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    On the occasion of the Jewish New Year on October 2, the Dialogue Group of Christian Churches in Belgium sent a New Year's message to the Jewish community. The Dialogue Group expressed its gratitude for the meetings with the Jewish community at different places all over the country. The Christian churches expressed the desire to extend these meetings: "We listen to each other's experience and get to know each other better. We want to encourage this openness in our own circles." At the same time, the churches expressed the desire to cooperate with the Jewish community for a more righteous world. Referring to the spirit of the ecumenical meeting on reconciliation at Graz, Austria, the Christian churches said that they want to work together with the Jewish community for reconciliation.

    The message was signed by the Rev. Canon J. Cameron Walker, president of the Anglican Churches in Belgium, Metropolitan Panteleimon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople (in the name of the Orthodox Church of Belgium), Minister Daniël Vanescote, president of the Board of the Protestant Churches of Belgium, and Mgr. J. Huard, bishop of Tournai, bishop responsible for ecumenical relations and president of the Dialogue Group of Christian Churches in Belgium.

    Information in this article was taken from Centrum Voor Informatie aan de Pers.

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