Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Cyprus Discuss Unity, Interfaith Relations

Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Cyprus Discuss Unity, Interfaith Relations


OCP News Service – 09/07/2024

Constantinople – Turkey: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew co-celebrated a Divine Liturgy with Archbishop Georgios of Cyprus at the Monastery of Zoodochos Pigis Valoukli on July 07,2024.

Following the service, the Patriarch warmly welcomed Archbishop Georgios and a group of pilgrims from Megalonisos who had recently completed a pilgrimage to Cappadocia, Silyvria, and Istanbul. He conveyed the Patriarchate’s love and offered blessings to the pilgrims and their families.

The two religious leaders also held a friendly meeting at the Monastery’s hegumenion. Later, in the presence of the Archbishop and pilgrims, Patriarch Bartholomew performed a Trisagion service at the tomb of his predecessor, Patriarch Athenagoras, marking the 52nd anniversary of his passing.

Patriarch Visits Church of Agia Kyriaki Kontoskali

Immediately after the Valoukli Monastery visit, the Patriarch attended the feast day service at the Church of Agia Kyriaki Kontoskali. Metropolitan Theoklitos of Stagoi and Meteora, who was visiting with pilgrims from his diocese, delivered the sermon.

In his speech, the Patriarch expressed his joy at receiving pilgrims from Greece and Cyprus. He emphasized the importance of faith and tradition and praised the pilgrims’ devotion to the Church.

Commemorating Patriarch Athenagoras and Interfaith Efforts

The Patriarch also addressed the 52nd anniversary of the death of Patriarch Athenagoras. He highlighted his predecessor’s efforts to promote peace and unity among Orthodox Churches.

Patriarch Bartholomew further spoke about his recent visit to northern Italy and a Patriarchal delegation’s visit to the Vatican for the Feast of the Throne of the Catholic Church. These visits underscored the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s commitment to interfaith dialogue.

The Patriarch concluded his remarks by emphasizing the enduring nature of the Church and the importance of love, forgiveness, and unity among all believers.

OCP News Service


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