Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew met with Pope Francis PDF Print E-mail

Photo Source: Vatican Radio

Pope Francis met with the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.

Patriarch Bartholomew said he hopes they can meet in Jerusalem this year, to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous hug between their predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.

Some one thousand years ago, the Orthodox Patriarch and the Pope at that time didn't speak to one another. They had completely cut of communication from one another, eventually the reconciliation process began and it still continues to this day.

Patriarch Bartholomew I gave Pope Francis a small icon and Pope Francis gave him a cross.

¨It's small...It´s beautiful because it's a cross and because it's a gift from you." said Patriarch Bartholomew upon receiving the Pope's gift.

The Pope also met with another representative: Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Metropolitan Hilarion gave him an icon of Our Lady of Humility. "Pray for me, so that I may have humility." said the Pope upon receiving the gift.

Pope Francis will embark on many more future meetings with other Christian denominations. However, the meeting with the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I holds tremendous religious and historical significance. The Catholic and Orthodox Christians were once one prior to the Great Schism in 1054