Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew explained to ZENIT, the Catholic news agency, the importance of Pope Francis’s upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
The Patriarch said in the interview that Pope Francis and he would be “celebrating the historic meeting of the last Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI on the Mount of Olives in January of 1964, the first time in which the Pope of Rome and the Patriarch of the New Rome met face to face since the so-called “Great Schism” of 1054. That event led in 1965 to a “mutual lifting of reciprocal anathemas” and was reinforced in 1969 by annual formal visits of respective delegations, which in 1979 also led to the creation of an international commission for religious dialogue between our two Churches. It is our earnest hope and fervent prayer that the meeting with Pope Francis will reinforce the close relation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church.”
Read the full interview here