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The Orthodox theologian and historian OlivierCLÉMENT died in Paris on the evening of January15, at the age of 87 years. Olivier Clement wasone of the most significant witness of Orthodoxyin the West in the second half of the twentieth century.Among the contemporary Orthodox theologians,Olivier Clement was the one who, without doubt,has to be more attentive to questions ofmodernity which he sought to address through apowerful and poetic reflection, both rooted inthe Tradition the Church, but at the same time creating and renewing.Olivier Clement was the interlocutor of severalmajor spiritual his time - the PatriarchAthenagoras, Pope John Paul II, the priest andtheologian Romanian Dumitru Staniloae, BrotherRoger of Taizé - with whom he will buildrelationships of trust and friendship.Thus, in 1998, he had been given by John PaulII writing meditations that Pope had read thisyear's celebration of the cross on Good Friday at the Colosseum.. Olivier Clement leaves a vast work, includingsome thirty works of theology, history of churchand spirituality as well as numerous articles,published in the journal including Contacts,which he led the drafting since 1959. Alongsidehis teaching activity, Olivier Clement wasparticularly involved in the life and witness ofthe Orthodox Church in France. Consultant of theInter Orthodox Bishops of France from 1967 to1997, he was a member of the joint CatholicOrthodox theological dialogue and bilateral meetings orthodox Protestants.Olivier Clement has also inspired the work ofthe Orthodox Brotherhood in Western Europe sinceits founding in the early 1960s and hasparticipated actively in various conferencesOrthodox Western Europe since 1971, allowing allthree years of the Orthodox from the four cornersof the continent to meet to pray and reflecttogether. His role was often crucial in thecourse of many young and old, Orthodox or not,who have found meaning in their lives through thewords of Olivier Clement, when he gave lecturesduring these gatherings, or elsewhere in thecontext of ecumenical meetings, symposiums, interviews.
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