Pope Tells Migrants ‘Do Not Lose Hope,’ Brings 12 to Rome

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Pope Francis refugees in Lesbos

“Though many of their graves bear no name, to God each one is known, loved, and cherished.”

Pope Francis and the Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church met with refugees today in Greece. Twelve will return to Rome with the Pope via the community of Sant’Egidio. More from Crux: Pope Brings 12 Refugees to RomePope Visits Greece to Put Face on Crisis. And from The New York Times. Watch the videos after the jump:

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Pope Francis: I Seek Communion with Orthodox Churches

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Pope Francis being blessed by Patriarch Bartholemew

Pope Francis asked the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to “bless me and the Church of Rome” at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul. You can see him receive his blessing in the photo above. Francis said, “The one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Read his remarks from Vatican Radio here: I Seek Communion with Orthodox Churches. Watch the video after the jump:

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TCC Video: Pope, Bartholomew, Peres, and Abbas Pray at the Vatican

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Pope, Peres, Abbas, Bartholomew Jewish, Christian, and Muslim prayers for peace and brotherhood were read at the historic meeting of a Pope a Patriarch and the Presidents of Israel and Palestine at the Vatican today. Jesus taught the nonviolent love of friends and enemiesPray for peace. Read the full text of the historic service here: Invocation for Peace at the Vatican Gardens. Watch a video about the meeting from Catholic News Service after the jump:

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All Christians invited to celebrate the first synod of Nicea in 2025

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pope-francis-patriarch-bartholomew On his return from Jerusalem, where he met with Pope Francis at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, revealed an appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated. Bartholomew said, “We agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated.” Catholics and Orthodox are getting the band back together. Read more from Asia News here: Nicea III – All Christians invited to celebrate the first synod of Nicea in 2025. See a picture of the Pope and the Patriarch kissing the stone on which Jesus’ body was laid after the jump:

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