- Sep 21, 2020
This Easter will be celebrated by all Christian denominations on the same day which is unusual. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, who is the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christian faithful, declared to all the faithful, “Our faith is alive, because it is based on the event of the resurrection of Christ.”
In an article for the Vatican newspaper, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople says it was no coincidence that Amoris Laetitia was released at about the time he and Pope Francis visited refugee families in Greece.
Tributes by Pope Francis and Benedict XVI in a new book dedicated to the ecumenical Orthodox patriarch show the deep bond the Catholic leaders have with Bartholomew.
Surrounded by Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, followers of traditional faiths and even atheists, as well as survivors of war and migrants, Pope Francis in Assisi on Tuesday declared that the “great sickness” of our time is “indifference” to the suffering caused by war and other tragedies.
A guest of Greek Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos, and accompanied by Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Francis told the refugees he’d gone to Greece to “be with you and to hear your stories.”