Prayer Service of Thanksgiving at the Holy Sepulcher

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis Pray Together at Holy Sepulcher

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated a fifty-year milestone today, continuing the legacy of their predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras. Meeting at the Apostolic Delegation in the Old City of Jerusalem, the worldwide heads of the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches signed a Joint Declaration affirming their commitment to and anticipation of full sacramental unity in obedience to the commandment of Jesus Christ that his "disciples may be one."

Homily by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Joint Prayer Service (Holy Sepulcher, May 25, 2014)

نقف بإجلال وتأثّر واحترام أمام المكان الذي "وُضع فيه الرب"، القبر الواهب للحياة الذي انبثقت منه الحياة. ونرفع المجد لله الكلي الرحمة الذي جعلنا، نحن خدامه غير المستحقين، أهلا لهذه البركة العظيمة لنكون حجاجا في المكان الذي تجلى فيه سرّ خلاص العالم.

Speech by Pope Francis During The Holy Sepulchre Ecumenical Celebration (Jerusalem – 25.05.2014)

In this Basilica, which all Christians regard with the deepest veneration, my pilgrimage in the company of my beloved brother in Christ, His Holiness Bartholomaios, now reaches its culmination. We are making this pilgrimage in the footsteps of our venerable predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, who, with courage and docility to the Holy Spirit, made possible, fifty years ago, in this holy city of Jerusalem, an historic meeting between the Bishop of Rome and the Patriarch of Constantinople.