Washington Post: Orthodox Patriarch May Join Vatican Prayer Summit

During his recent visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis surprised many people by inviting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to a prayer summit at his home in the Vatican. This morning, the Washington Post reports that His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew may also attend this meeting.

Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew may join Vatican prayer summit

By Josephine Mckenna | Religion News Service, Published: June 3

VATICAN CITY — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople may join Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres when they meet Pope Francis to pray for peace this weekend.

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said Tuesday (June 3) that the pope had invited the head of the Orthodox faith to join the Middle East leaders at a Vatican prayer summit to be held this Sunday (June 8).

“It’s true that the pope invited him and wants him to come,” Lombardi said. “I think he will come but so far we do not have an official confirmation.”

Lombardi was responding to a report in the Italian daily La Stampa, which said sources in the patriarchate had confirmed Bartholomew’s attendance. The newspaper said a formal announcement may be made Wednesday (June 4).

Read the full story here.

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