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USA    TWO CHURCHES FAIL TO REACH DEAL
Despite ten days of talks ending Wednesday, leaders of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches failed to reach an agreement over theological issues that have divided them for almost 1000 years.
    But both sides agreed that the latest dialogue made the issues clearer, a necessary step for resolution of their differences.
    "We have come to a certain point where we can state some points commonly. We now have to wait a while to breathe," said Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, leader of the Orthodox delegation.
    The meeting at Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary in western Maryland was the latest in a series of dialogues between the two churches, created by a split in 1054. The meetings began in 1980 to try to forge closer ties between the churches that still have similar practices and beliefs.
    Some 46 delegates representing the world's one billion Catholics and 228 million Orthodox attended the Emmitsburg talks.
   
AP
   
21 July 00



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