Pro Oriente

Healing of Wounded Memories

Dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches has yielded encouraging results over the past decades. Several theological disagreements have been overcome, the language of hatred has been largely replaced with a language of openness and mutual interest, and many faithful already share a common commitment to justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

Nevertheless, in several parts of the world the reception of these results on the part of the local churches and communities has been and continues to be hampered by the legacy of historical conflicts, war and discrimination. For wounded memories encumber individuals, groups, parishes and churches, prevent the implementation of the fruits of decades of official and unofficial dialogues, and, even more tragically, paralyze mutual trust and impede the growth of sustainable peace.

First International Conference

9–11 November 2023, Vienna