Patriarch Bartholomew invites Pope Francis to Holy Land

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3inOne:
http://www.patriarchate.org/news/releases/2013popefrancismeet

Another baby step on the road to unity? Or just a friendly gesture from His All-Holiness?

Thoughts?

arimethea:
Quote from: 3inOne on March 21, 2013, 12:10:20 PM

http://www.patriarchate.org/news/releases/2013popefrancismeet

Another baby step on the road to unity? Or just a friendly gesture from His All-Holiness?

Thoughts?


More of a show that Christians have more in common, in a region where they have been marginalized over the last couple of hundred years. It is an opportunity to put on a good show for the world stage.

biro:
Quote from: 3inOne on March 21, 2013, 12:10:20 PM

http://www.patriarchate.org/news/releases/2013popefrancismeet

Another baby step on the road to unity? Or just a friendly gesture from His All-Holiness?

Thoughts?


Possibly a little of both.

Adela:
Even without unity, they can work together on common goals.  It's nice that the Pope addressed the Patriarch as "Andrew", definitely a good sign!  :)
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The Pope thanked the Patriarch – who had initiated the gathering with a public speech to greet the pontiff – calling him Andrea, although his first name is Dimitrius. This acknowledgment has been regarded by some as thoughtful and ecumenically significant.

“By calling him 'Andrea,' – Andrew – the Pope was making an important statement,” explained Joan Lewis, EWTN's Rome bureau chief. 

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-to-world-religious-truth-beauty-goodness-unites/


This link below  is a few years old, but is this really true that the next Patriarch has to be approved by the Turkish government???  Hopefully the Pope can help push back against discrimination of Christians in this area.
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If Turkish laws, demographics and attitudes aren't changed, Bartholomew could ultimately be the last Patriarch of Constantinople.

"We are not all in despair for the future of our church," Bartholomew said. "It is not easy, but it is not impossible."

The Turkish government can veto any candidate put forward for the position of patriarch. And it requires the patriarch be a Turkish citizen. Bartholomew is, but most of those best qualified to succeed him are not.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/08/26/wus.patriarch/index.html

Carl Kraeff (Second Chance):
This trip is to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the lifting of the anathemas of 1054 by Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. The occasion could also help Constantinople take advantage of the current coolness between Rome and Moscow on account of the unresolved issues.

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