Pope Francis has accepted the Orthodox Leader’s offer to make a common trip to Jerusalem, in addition he will publicly visit the See of the Patriarchate in Constantinople.
Athens/Vatican City (kath.net/KNA) Pope Francis (76) and Bartholomew I (73) of Constantinople will make a common trip to Jerusalem. next year. The Pope has accepted the corresponding proposal of the Greek Orthodox Head, reports the Greek news site "NewsIt" this Wednesday. This trip will commemorate the historic meeting between Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. 50 years before. Their meeting in Jerusalem lead to the lifting of the mutual excommunications, which had stood since the schism of 1054.