Council of Catholic Patriarchs of the East
The Council of Catholic Patriarchs of the Orient (French: Conseil des Patriarches Catholiques d'Orient, CCPO) is an agency of the Catholic Church that meets the patriarchs of Eastern Catholic Churches and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Permanent seat of the Patriarchate of Antioch in the Conference is in Bkerke of Maronites in Lebanon.
Nature and objectives
The nature of the Conference has to be a sign and instrument of patriarchal collegiality and communion between the Eastern Catholic Churches and the universal Church. It aims to: reflect on and promote the Christian life in the Middle East; coordinate pastoral activity, said the future of Christianity in those lands, and strengthen ties among the faithful to the homeland and the diaspora; promote ecumenical and interreligious dialogue; ensure the active participation of Catholics in the Council of Churches of the Middle East (Middle East Council of Churches); promote peace, development, respect for the rights of man and woman.
1992: Second Annual Congress at Coptic Patriarchal Seminary, Egypt
4-11 September 1995: Fifth Annual Conference on Armenian Catholic Patriarchate in Bzoummar near Beirut
3-6 November 1999: Ninth Annual Conference at the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerke: Pastoral Letter of Catholic Patriarchs of the East on the movement œcuménique
16-20 October 2000: Tenth Annual Conference on Armenian Catholic Patriarchate in Bzoummar
In 2012, the Conference is composed of:
Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts
Béchara Boutros Raï, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites
Gregory III Laham, Patriarch of Antioch of the Melkite
Ignace Joseph III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians
Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans
Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians