Visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land and his meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

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logo Pope visit Holy land 2014During his weekly General Audience on May 28, 2014, Pope Francis spoke about his recent visit to the Holy Land. He said his journey had a threefold purpose: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, then Patriarch of Constantinople; To encourage the efforts of those who work for peace in the Middle East, and those who care especially for refugees and children there; and To "confirm in faith the Christian communities in the Holy Land, to acknowledge their difficulties and to support their charitable and educational works."

Describing his meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch, the Holy Father said it celebrated "a milestone along the path to Christian unity" 50 years ago. He went on to say that "Patriarch Bartholomew and I prayed together as brothers before the tomb of the Risen Lord and we renewed our commitment to work for full communion between the Churches." The Holy See has published the following texts from the meeting of the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch:

- A common declaration calling for "communion in legitimate diversity"

In French
In English

- Their addresses at the prayer service in the Holy Sepulcher

The Pope's in French
The Ecumenical Patriarch's in French 
Both the Pope's and the Ecumenical Patriarch's in English, Italian and Spanish

Links in English to all the speeches by Pope Francis in the Holy Land 

Links in French

Last Updated on Friday, May 30 2014  
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