His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome and His all Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, Pope of New Rome to meet in Jerusalem in commemoration of the meeting 50 years ago between their predecessors Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.
“With expectant joy and an abiding sense of fraternity, we look forward, later this year in the Holy City of Jerusalem, to our commemorative encounter with our beloved brother in Christ, His Holiness Pope Francis. This fiftieth anniversary of the historic meeting between the late Pope Paul VI and our ever-memorable predecessor Patriarch Athenagoras is an exceptional opportunity to deepen the fraternal bonds between Peter and Andrew, for both our Sees owe their foundations to them. For this reason, following in the footsteps of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, we express our desire to further the relations between the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches. Two thousand years ago, it was in Jerusalem where the Light dawned from the Tomb. May it be in Jerusalem again where the light of peace, mutual trust, and brotherly love shines brightly, for the sake of our two Churches and the sake of the whole world.” Original here
At the Phanar, February 18, 2014
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Arrives in the Holy Land to Meet with Pope Francis
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christian faithful worldwide, arrived in the Holy Land on 23/05/2014 in order to meet with His Holiness Pope Francis on May 25 and 26, 2014 in the Holy City of Jerusalem. More coverage of Patriarch Bartholomew's visit here
Visit of Patriarch Bartholomew comes amidst grave discontent among the indigenous Orthodox faithful in the Holy land. They are objecting strongly against the Greek domination of their church and its properties and the marginalisation of indigenous Palestinian clergy and faithful.
The Jordan Times newspaper reports;
AMMAN — On April 10, members of the Orthodox Christians community staged a sit-in in Amman protesting against what they believe is injustice practised by the Jerusalem-based Greek leaders of their church. Read the full article here