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Orthodox Patriarch foresees reunion of Christian East and West

Catholic World News - March 26, 2013

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople has told reporters that he sees a possibility for reunion between the Orthodox and Roman churches, even if it “will probably not happen during my life.”

The Ecumenical Patriarch, who made history by traveling to Rome for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, said that he was surprised to receive an invitation from the new Pontiff to join in a dinner with cardinals.

Speaking in Turkey after his return, the Orthodox leader said that he saw a new attitude at the Vatican, which heightened his optimism about the prospects for restoring Christian unity. He said that “there is a possibility for the next generations to see the churches of the East and West.”

While he was at the Vatican, Patriarch Bartholomew invited Pope Francis to join him in a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, to commemorate the historic meeting there 50 years ago between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.

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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Mar. 26, 2013 5:34 PM ET USA

    What is the new attitude at the Vatican?

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Mar. 26, 2013 5:18 PM ET USA

    This is my constant prayer -- union between East and West. This pope can make it happen. This patriarch can make it happen. Let it happen in my lifetime, O Lord!

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