VIENNA: The Third Colloquium Syriacum, organised by Pro-Oriente was held at Vienna from November 9-11 2011.Scholars, who belong to the syriac tradition were invited to the Conferance. The focal point of the meeting was the special Synod for the Middle East which took place in Rome. The Syrian Catholic Patriarch H.B Ignatius Yussif iii Younan inaugurated the conferance. Cardinal SchÃ¶nborn, the Arch bishop of Vienna expressed his hope that the oriental churches with their unbroken tradition going back to the beginning of Christianity will some day will be able to live in their home countries in freedom of religion and conscience.
The pattern of the programme of the meeting was to have each session focused on a special topic arising from the special synod for the Middle East: General Experience, Results and reactions, Christian-Muslim, Christian-Jewish, Christian-Christian and Church State implications. Papers were presented on the topics and extensive exchange and discussions took place.The conferance discussed about the present situation of christians in the Middle East; their struggles and sufferings, marginalisation and persicutiion. The conference underlined the need of the Christian Unity especially in those regions and pleaded for the freedom of conscience along with the freedom of religion of the christians in the Middle East. It is noticed that the universal charter of human rights is either violated or absent in many of the Middle East countries and the conference called upon the immediate attention of the International Human Right Organisations in this regard.19 scholars participated from differant parts of the world.
H.G. Dr. Theophilose Kuriakose Metropolitan represented the Malankara Jacobite Syrian Church and was the only bishop from India, who attended the conference.