Pope laments ‘tragic’ division between Christians during speech before Ecumenical Patriarch
When he met the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople in Jerusalem Pope Francis lamented the “tragic” divisions between Christians.
Speaking Sunday during an ecumenical prayer service held with Bartholomew and other Christian leaders in Jerusalem’s Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, Francis said disagreements must not frighten people and paralyze progress towards unity.
Earlier Pope Francis and the Patriarch held private talks and signed a common declaration pledging to continue along the path towards full unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
Many Christians see the Ecumenical Patriarch as the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Christians.
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