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Official Documents

A. Framework Documents

Unto the Churches of Christ Everywhere (1920). This Encyclical letter of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople is considered to be foundational for the establishment of the World Council of Churches.

Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio, 1965). This document from the Second Vatican Council is the starting place for understanding the Catholic approach to ecumenical dialogue among separated Christian churches. Sections 14-18 deal with relations between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Churches.

Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism (Rev. Ed., 1993) First published in 1967-70, for the purpose of promoting an ecumenical spirit in the Catholic Church, along the lines established by Unitatis Redintegratio: "The new edition of the Directory is meant to be an instrument at the service of the whole Church and especially of those who are directly engaged in ecumenical activity in the Catholic Church. The Directory intends to motivate, enlighten and guide this activity, and in some particular cases also to give binding directives in accordance with the proper competence of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity." (ยง6)

On Commitment to Ecumenism (Ut unum sint, 1995). Encyclical letter of Pope John Paul II.

Basic Principles of the Russian Orthodox Church's Attitude to the non-Orthodox. The official position of the Moscow Patriarchate.

B. International Dialogue

Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the [Eastern] Orthodox Church


Joint Declarations and Major Addresses:

Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

  • Address of Card. Walter Kasper during the Patriarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral of Saint George in Phanar on the occasion of the Feast of St Andrew the Apostle [November 30, 2004]

Orthodox Patriarchate of Romania

Orthodox Patriarchate of Bulgaria

Orthodox Church of Greece

C. Dialogue in North America

North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation. Documents from various levels of Catholic-Orthodox Ecumenical Dialogue may be found at the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs (SEIA):