Skip to comments.Pope: Bartholomew I, Hope to Unite Eastern Churches and Rome
Posted on 03/26/2013 1:22:46 PM PDT by marshmallow
Even if not immediately. Francis can reform Vatican
(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, MARCH 25 - The Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I who attended last week the mass inaugurating the pontificate of Pope Francis, believes the reunification of the Orthodox and Rome Churches 1,000 years after the Great Schism of 1054 is possible, the Turkish press reports.
Speaking at a meeting at the university of Kadir Has in Istanbul, Hurriyet reports, Bartholomew I said he believed 'there is a possibility for the next generations to see the churches of the East and West reunited'. 'This will probably not happen during my life', he added. Bartholomew I, 73, has been since 1991 the spiritual leader of the Greek Orthodox church, and last week became the first patriarch of Constantinople to be present at the inauguration of a new pontificate since 1054.
Speaking about the new pontiff, Hurriyet reported Bartholomew I as saying that he 'seems very different' from his predecessors and that he 'has the ability' to reform the Vatican.
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This is a stunning statement, and great news indeed.
To even speak of that as a near possibility, even if a generation out, is incredible.
This is the fruit of Vatican II and the ecumenical outreach.
and the Turks are shaking in their boots...