When Francis of Rome Meets Bartholomew of Constantinople

In just a few days' time, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will meet in the Holy Land. It is not known precisely what they will say and do during that encounter. But it will certainly be an opportunity to deepen the relationship between Francis, and "my brother Andrew," as he called the patriarch when they met the day after his installation as Bishop of Rome. Pope Francis' calling Bartholomew "Andrew" alludes to the fact that, while Peter is associated with Rome, his blood brother Andrew is associated with the Church of Constantinople as its patron. The meeting on the horizon will have great symbolic significance since it takes places 50 years after the historic encounter between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in the Holy Land in January 1964.

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