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Saturday, February 13, 2016
The Historic Meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill
Their joint declaration.
But I'm a little confused about this being the first.
1964 Meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras
And, of course, on the 50th anniversary of the above meeting, Pope Francis met with Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.
I realize Athenagoras and Bartholomew were the patriarchs of Constantinople and Kirill is the patriarch of Moscow, but what is the relationship among the various leaders of the Orthodox Church? I know they don't have a "head" of the Church equivalent to the pope, although the patriarch of Constantinople is sometimes called "first among equals." But how many other patriarchs are there and what is their relationship to each other?
Let us pray for the reunion of all Christians, but for a true unity not a band-aid that has smile faces on the outside, but covers up serious doctrinal divisions underneath. (Dare I say, like the Lutheran-Catholic meeting coming up in October?)