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In November St Thomas Institute in Moscow has become the place of two ecumenical events. On November, 17-20, we hosted a patristics seminar on the teachings of St Irenaeus of Lyons as the bridge between Western and Eastern theology, where the main speaker was Paul Mattei, a renowned French scholar, scientific advisor of the Institut des Sources Chrétiennes. The participants represented various Orthodox academic institutions (for example, Moscow Spiritual Academy), as well as other Christian communities (including Roman and Armenian Catholics). Patristics is one of the topics where there is higher interest in dialogue on the part of our Eastern brothers in faith, so such academic events are a priority for us. 

Another initiative was a colloquium on the theological issue of justification, organized together with the Lutheran community of Moscow on November, 21-23. Rev. Jose Vegas from the Catholic seminary of Saint-Petersburg and Rev. Anton Tikhomirov from the Lutheran seminary presented the respective views of the two confessions in the first two days, and on the third day there was a debate on various questions, raised by their lectures. It was an excellent occasion to learn about the specifics of the theological views of each of our Christian communities, to abandon prejudices and to be enriched by the others’ experience of faith.

Earlier, on October, 13, our Institute co-organized with the Institute of Europe of Russian Academy of Sciences a conference entitled “Defense of religious values in modern society”. Diego Alonso Lasheras SJ from the Gregorian University was the keynote speaker, with a reflection on the contemporary situation in this field in Europe. Among other speakers there was a famous lawyer who shared his experience with representing the cases of the Christian communities before the judicial system in Russia.

Recently a group of the students and friends of the Institute visited the newly built Church of Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia on the territory of the famous Sretensky monastery, which is also the home of prestigious Srentenskaya seminary. All of these initiatives aim at promoting dialogue among Christians, the priority of our Institute’s activity. 

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