Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ANKARA

Bartholomew I invites Pope Francis to Istanbul

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Ankara, March 22 - The Ecumenical Patriarch of
Constantinople Bartholomew I on Friday invited Pope Francis to
the Phanar, the seat of the patriarchate in Istanbul.
"We believe that Pope Francis will serve Christians and
humankind," the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church said.
"We will work together to further Christian unity," he
added.
Bartholomew I attended the Argentine pope's inauguration
mass at St Peter's Basilica in Rome on Tuesday after he was
elected by a conclave of cardinals to succeed Benedict XVI last
week.
Francis needs a formal invitation from Turkish President
Abdullah Gul in order to visit the country.
"The pope said he would like to come to Turkey," said the
Ecumenical Patriarch.
"The president must invite him and I am sure that he will
come".
Francis has already made the pursuit of dialogue with other
Christian denominations and other religions a characteristic of
his week-long pontificate.

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