His Holiness the Catholicos of the East and rest of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches were received by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honourable Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
Yesterday evening His Holiness Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma Paulos II and rest of the Heads of the Oriental Orthodox Churches were received by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Honourable Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The heads of the Churches present were: His Holiness Pope Tawdros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church, His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II of the Armenian Apostolic Church, His Holiness Ignatius Aprem Karim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. The President enquirer on the present situations of the Christian Churches in all the respective countries of the delegation. With regards to the St. Thomas Christians in India, His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, responded on saying that though a minority in India, the status and dignity of the Church has been well respected and maintained by the Government of India. He further expresses his wish and hope that for the rest of the world this peaceful coexistence of different religions in India can be a motivation. Later in the evening the Evangelical Church in Germany hosted a dinner in respect to the whole of the delegation.
As you know 500 years of Reformation and the Martin Luther Jubilium is being celebrated in a big way in Germany. The year long formal celebrations come to a close this month.The Protestant churches in Germany have invited the Oriental Orthodox Churches for a Dialogue in Berlin. .After the Berlin Dialogue, His Holiness and the delegation have been invited to the University of Goettingen where His Holiness is being conferred with the Lossky Medal of Honor by the University.