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Recent Patriarchal Encyclicals on Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence

In recent times more and more is said about of globalization, tolerance, peaceful coexistence and dialogue among the world religions. The Orthodox Church, through the Patriarchal Encyclicals, has voiced its concern and advocacy for the amelioration of the human condition and the role of religion in enabling people to reconcile and live in peace. This can be most effectively achieved through dialogue that engages religious people of good will and faithful to God�s message of peace and love among all people.

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The Seventh Ecumenical Council

Held in Nicea, Asia Minor in 787. Under Empress Irene. 367 Bishops were present.

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The Quinisext Ecumenical Council

Held in Constantinople in 692. In the dome of the Imperial Palace, the 'In Trullo' (dome) Council, from which it derives the name: 'Trullan' Council.

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The Sixth Ecumenical Council

Held in Constantinople in 680. Under Emperor Constantine IV. 170 Bishops were present.

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The Fifth Ecumenical Council

Held in Constantinople in 553. Under Emperor Justinian the Great. 165 Bishops were present.

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The Fourth Ecumenical Council

Held in Chalcedon, near Constantinople, 451. Under Emperor Marcian. 630 Bishops were present.

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The Third Ecumenical Council

Held in Ephesus, Asia Minor in 431 under Emperor Theodosius II (grandson of Theodosius the Great). 200 Bishops were present.

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