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Many people, who have undertaken the risk of an ecumenical journey during the twentieth century and have experienced it as a festival without masks, seem to have underestimated the distance between the good will and the hard realities among the Christian families. Reaching the end of the second Christian millennium, some may embrace the tendency to turn back to their self-centered, confessional, self-satisfaction—that is self-isolation. Others may confess mistakes and keep turning back to God and to each other in repentance, joy, and hope! We in the Orthodox Academy of Crete feel blessed to have received, especially on the interpersonal level, such precious gifts as ecumenical learning, understanding, mutual respect, cooperation, and love.
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