- May 27, 2020
Speaking to journalists on board his flight from Skopje to Rome Tuesday, Pope Francis offered an update on the debate over women deacons, telling journalists the study he launchd two years ago is inconclusive, and the topic needs further study.
From the very beginning, Francis has seen his pontificate as a revival and concrete application of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the ecumenical council summoned by “Good Pope John.”
Speaking in Bulgaria, Pope Francis said that greater unity between Orthodox and Catholics can lie in an “ecumenism of the poor.”
When Pope Francis visits Macedonia and Bulgaria next month, the trip might seem like a throwaway since it won’t generate the major news waves that his other international visits deliver, however, it could be a key moment in the Vatican’s engagement with the Orthodox community and with Eastern Europe.
The formal recognition of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine brings “a wind of hope” that new opportunities will be created for dialogue and concrete cooperation in the search for Christian unity, said the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
On Friday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added yet another trip to the end of his busy spring itinerary and will travel to Romania for a 3-day visit at the end of May, marking the fifth international trip on the schedule so far this year.