Centre Pro Oriente Christiano was established by the Dean of the Catholic Theological Faculty of Charles University and approved by its Academic Senate on 23rd June 2010. It is part of the Faculty´s Chair of Theological Ethics and Spiritual Theology.
Centre Pro Oriente Christiano specializes in the study of theology, spirituality, liturgy, canons, history, and culture of the four eastern Christian patriarchal traditions, i.e. of Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, and Constantinople. Our particular aim is to shed light on those churches of the Byzantine rite that are present in the Czech Republic,
Our research is carried under an ecumenical perspective and will contribute to building bridges that may connect the various Christian denominations.
Assistant professor at Department of Biblical Sciences at KTF UK
Main field: religions and cultures of the Ancient Near East, languages and literature of the Old Testament, parabiblical literature of the Syro-Palestinian and Arabic region
Specific concerns in Eastern Christianity: Christian Arabic literature, religious relations between the Bible and the Qur´an, Arabic apocrypha, history of Christianity in the Arab countries
members (in alphabetic order):
Associate professor at Department of Biblical Sciences at KTF UK, head of the Section of Ancient Languages
Main field: ancient languages (Greek, Latin, Church Slavonic), history of Czech Bible, biblical translatology, Czech biblical style
Specific concerns in Eastern Christianity: Greek patristic literature, religion and culture of the Slavic peoples
Head of Department of Biblical Sciences at KTF UK
Main field: New Testament, biblical hermeneutics, biblical spirituality
Specific concerns in Eastern Christianity: Christian Syriac of the Antiquity, Syriac spiritual literature (St. Ephraim, Jacob of Serug, Isaac the Syrian)
Assistant professor at Department of Pastoral and Law Sciences at KTF UK, priest of Prague Archdiocese, rector of Archbishop´s Seminary in Prague
Main field: Liturgics
Specific concerns in Eastern Christianity: Byzantine liturgy (regular services at Sts. Cosmas and Damian Church in Emmaus Monastery)
academic staff at the Department of Fundamental and Dogmatic theology at KTF UK
Main field: islamology, history of relations of christianity and islam, history of catholic theology
Specific concerns in Eastern Christianity: Arabic Christian Literature (theology, philosophy, christian-muslim polemics)
Associate professor at Department of Theological Ethics and Spiritual Theology at KTF UK
Main field: spiritual theology, Eastern theology
Specific concerns in Eastern Christianity: Russian religious thought, religiousness of the Russian and the Ukrainian minorities in the Czech Republic
Associat professor at Department of Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology at KTF UK
Main field: history of theology, patrology, patristic, monastic spirituality
Specific concerns in Eastern Christianity: Eastern Christian traditions, Eastern monasticism
"The Church must breathe with her two lungs! In the first millennium of the history of Christianity, this expression refers primarily to the relationship between Byzantium and Rome. From the time of the Baptism of Rus' it comes to have an even wider application: evangelization spread to a much vaster area, so that it now includes the entire Church. If we then consider that the salvific event which took place on the banks of the Dnieper goes back to a time when the Church in the East and the Church in the West were not divided, we understand clearly that the vision of the full communion to be sought is that of unity in legitimate diversity."
John Paul II, Encyclical Ut unum sint II, 54.