In the love of our God the Father, by the grace of the Only Begotten Son, and by the gift of the Holy Spirit.

On Friday, the l2th of February 1988, the mixed commission of the dialogue between the Catholic Church and Coptic Orthodox Church met in the Monastery of Saint Bishoy, Wadi El Natrun, Egypt.

H.H. Pope Shenouda III opened the meeting by prayer. His Excellency Giovanni Moretti, the Apostolic Nuntius in Egypt, and Father Duprey, Secretary of the Vatican Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, attended this meeting representing H.H. Pope John Paul II and enabled to sign this agreement. Also bishops delegated by His Beatitude Stephanos II Ghattas, Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church, were present and delegated to sign this agreement.

We are rejoiced at the historical meeting that happened in Vatican on May 1973, between H.H, Pope Paul VI, and H.H. Pope Shenouda III.

This was the first meeting since about 15 centuries between our two Churches. In that meeting we found ourselves in agreement in many issues of faith. In this meeting also a mixed commission was formed to discuss the issues of difference of doctrines and faith between the two Churches aiming at church unity. Previously, 1n Vienna, September 1971, Pro-Oriente arranged a meeting between the theologians of the Catholic Church and those of the Oriental Orthodox Churches: the Coptic, the Syrian, the Armenian, the Ethiopian, and the Indian. They achieved an agreement concerning Christology.

We are grateful to God that we are now able to sign a common formula expressing our official agreement in Chr1stology which was already approved by the Holy Synod of the Coptic Orthodox Church on 21st June, 1986.

All other issues of difference between our Churches will be discussed successively according to God's will.

Agreed Statement on Christology

"We believe that our lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ, the Incarnate-Logos is perfect in His Divinity and perfect in His Humanity. He made His Humanity One with His Divinity without Mixture, nor Mingling, nor Confusion. His Divinity was not separated from His Humanity even for a moment or twinkling of an eye.

At the same time, we anathematize the Doctrines of both Nestorius and Eutyches"




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