The meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in the City of Jerusalem
May 23-27, 2014
A Historic Meeting
Learn about the purpose of the historic meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.
On Sunday, May 25. 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will meet at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to commemorate a meeting in the Holy Land fifty years ago by their revered predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI.
The historic meeting in 1964 marked the beginning of a new era in the relations between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople, and indirectly between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy as a whole. The significance of that event can only be fully appreciated if placed against the background of a millennium branded with theological estrangement and mutual mistrust between the two great traditions of the Church. Learn more >>
Paul VI in 1964
The forthcoming meetings between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in Jerusalem are expected to be a strong symbolic confirmation of the commitment and determination to continue the path which the two great Church leaders, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI, inaugurated half a century ago.
The official web site for the visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Jerusalem and the meeting with Pope Francis is at: http://www.ApostolicPilgrimage.org. From the site, you’ll have instant access to historical and archival news and material, interact with our rich photo and video galleries, and follow Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew’s meeting in real time both on the site and through the official social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and more.
Saints Peter and Andrew
Who were the Apostles Peter and Andrew and what relationshiop do they have with Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew?
What was the impact of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964? What role has that meeting had in the every-day lives of Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians today?