- Aug 10, 2020
On any list of intriguing Christian leaders, a slot somewhere near the top right now would have to be reserved for Theophilus III, officially “His Most Godly Beatitude, the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine, Israel, Syria, Arabia, beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion.”
The search for Christian unity must involve all aspects of the churches’ lives, including their different church laws, Pope Francis said.
Praising the fidelity of Eastern Catholics, Pope Francis also urged them to be more active in the search for Christian unity, especially unity with their Orthodox counterparts.
Pope Francis said giving fragments of St. Peter’s bones to the head of the church founded by Peter’s brother, St. Andrew, was meant to be a reminder and encouragement of the journey toward Christian unity.
In many ways, the southern Italian city of Bari is already the flagship of Pope Francis’s ecumenical efforts, but in the future it might also become ground zero for a new face of Europe.