Traditional exchange of visits from the Patriarchate of Constantinople aims to foster unity.
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As he does every year, Pope Francis will receive a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople who will come to Rome on the occasion of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29, 2022.
Pope Francis is expected to celebrate the Mass in St. Peter’s.
Archbishop Job of Telmissos, the Patriarchate’s representative to the World Council of Churches and co-chair of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, will head the delegation, which also includes Bishop Adrianos of Alicarnassos and Patriarchal Deacon Barnabas Grigoriadis.
The three Orthodox leaders will participate on June 29 in the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s – during which he will bless the palliums of the metropolitan archbishops appointed in the year.
They will then be received by the Argentine Pontiff on June 30. They will also participate in meetings with the Dicastery for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
The Orthodox representatives will honor the traditional exchange of delegations for the feast of the respective patron saints.
On November 30, for the feast of St. Andrew, patron saint of the Patriarchate, representatives of the Catholic Church will in turn visit Istanbul (Turkey).