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Fr. Eugen Pentiuc Speaks at Orthodox Spirituality Conference in Bose, Italy

Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, was invited by the organizers of Bose Conference to give a talk on forgiveness in the Old Testament. His paper was entitled “Forgiveness in the Old Testament: Joseph and His Brothers.”

“Mercy and Forgiveness” was the theme of the 23rd International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality, which was held at the Monastero di Bose (Italy) September 9-12, 2015.

Attentive to Scripture and to the Orthodox spiritual tradition, the conference proposed a series of reflections on forgiveness. How can God’s forgiveness be announced today? How can wounded memory be healed? Where can the joy of pardon between Churches and between men be found? How are justice and pardon to be seen in the public and historical dimension?

From left to right: Fr. John Behr, Dr. Petros Vassiliades, and Fr. Eugen J. Pentiuc.

Representatives from all the Orthodox Churches, the Catholic Church, the Church of England, and the Reformed Churches along with biblical and patristic scholars as well as theologians, monks of the East and of the West, philosophers, and writers from around the world participated at the conference.

The work of the conference began with an inaugural address by the prior of Bose, Enzo Bianchi, and discourses by cardinal Water Kasper, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and by metropolitan Kallistos Ware of Dioklea, whose talks centered on the theme of Christian forgiveness and reconciliation between the Churches.

The delegates of the Churches gave ecumenical breadth to the conference. Present were delegations from the patriarchate of Constantinople, the patriarchate of Moscow, the patriarchate of Alexandria, the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Belarusian Orthodox Church, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Church of Greece, the Church of Cyprus, the Orthodox Church of America, the patriarchate of Antioch, the Armenian Apostolic Church, and the Coptic Orthodox Church. There were also representatives of the Church of England. For the Catholic Church, besides cardinal Kasper, present were various archbishops and bishops. The World Council of Churches was likewise represented.

The conference talks were divided into several sections: Scripture and the fathers, forgiveness in the monastic tradition and in its anthropological dimension, witnesses of mercy in the various Churches, and finally justice and forgiveness. The speakers came from the United States, Greece, England, Russia, and Ukraine.

The Monastery of Bose is a community of monks and nuns belonging to different Christian Churches, seeking God in obedience to the Gospel and living in fraternal communion and celibacy.