Wednesday, July 23, 2003

From blog correspondent Dave McLaughlin
Melkites and Orthodox build shared church in Syria
I've heard of this story for a long time. Not surprising: the Melkites are unique among Byzantine Catholics in the friendly relations they have with their Orthodox opposite number/parent church (either the Melkites or the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, depending on who you read, are the result of a complicated 1724 splitoff), especially in their Middle Eastern homeland as a Christian minority in Muslim countries.

Blog correspondent Samer al-Batal, a Canadian originally from Lebanon, is a member of the Melkite Church.

And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. — Isaias XXXII: 18

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