Pope Francis has accepted the Orthodox Leader’s offer to make a common trip to Jerusalem, in addition he will publicly visit the See of the Patriarchate in Constantinople.
Athens/Vatican City (kath.net/KNA) Pope Francis (76) and Bartholomew I (73) of Constantinople will make a common trip to Jerusalem. next year. The Pope has accepted the corresponding proposal of the Greek Orthodox Head, reports the Greek news site "NewsIt" this Wednesday. This trip will commemorate the historic meeting between Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. 50 years before. Their meeting in Jerusalem lead to the lifting of the mutual excommunications, which had stood since the schism of 1054.
At the same time Bartholomew I. invited the Roman Pope according to the report, to visit the Phanar, the seat of the Patriarch in Constantinople. Francis has also accepted this visit. An official invitation still has to go through diplomatic channels, it says. Both Church leaders had met in the context of an ecumenical meeting for the new Pope in the Vatican on Wednesday.
Additionally, the two Church leaders, “NewsIt” says, agreed to develop common initiatives for the protection of the environment. Patriarch Bartholomew I. urged that Francis and he might go together to open a planned event in 2015 for the defense of creation on Mount Athos. The outcome should be shown in an exhibition in the Quirinal Palace.
Bartholomew I. is known for his ecological engagement. For this reason, he is also known by the media as the “Green Patriarch”. Francis had mentioned the protection of the environment in the sermon for his inaugural Mass. Francis of Assisi (1181/82- 1226), for whom he chose his name, is the Patron Saint of environmentalism.
Initially reported by Rome Reports: