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May 23, 2014: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Arrives in Israel to Meet with Pope Francis

JERUSALEM -- His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox Christian faithful worldwide, arrived in Israel today in order to meet with Pope Francis on May 25 and 26, 2014 in the Holy City of Jerusalem. At Ben Gurion International Airport, His All-Holiness was greeted by His Excellency Uzi Landau, Israeli Minister of Tourism, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, and the Consuls General of Greece and Turkey in Jerusalem, Mr. George Zacharioudakis and Mr. Mustafa Sarnic. After arriving in Jerusalem, the Ecumenical Patriarch proceeded to the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher) and led a service of Thanksgiving in advance of his meetings with Pope Francis.

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