- May 25, 2020
In what Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople described as a “brave and bold” gesture, Pope Francis gave the patriarch a famous reliquary containing bone fragments believed to belong to St. Peter.
Catholic and Greek Orthodox clergy hope to continue on a path of collaboration between their two churches with the momentum from the June 22 enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros of America.
The Mediterranean Sea, which has been and again could be a route for a meeting of peoples and cultures, instead is a “border not to be crossed” between the poor South and the wealthy North, said Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.
In a brief news conference on his return flight from a May 31-June 2 visit to Romania, Pope Francis said that his predecessor, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, gives him strength and connects him to Christian tradition.
When Pope Francis makes his 30th international trip, visiting Romania in late May, he is likely to receive a different, more reserved welcome than St. John Paul II did 20 years ago, said an expert in Catholic-Orthodox relations.
A significant rupture between Orthodox churches in Ukraine has brought the official theological dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox to a standstill, according to a Vatican official involved in the talks.