Patriarch Bartholomew visits the Basilica of SS. Apostoli
The ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will visit the Roman Basilica next May 23rd
His Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, in the late afternoon of Wednesday May 23rd, will visit the Basilica of the Holy XII Apostles of Rome, to venerate the relics of the Apostles Philip and James.
This was announced by the parish priest of the basilica, fra Agnello Stoia, at the monthly "San Bonaventura informa". The confirmation of the visit came from the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.
Prayer before the relics
The Patriarch will preside over a moment of prayer inside the Basilica, scheduled for 6.30 pm, during which the relics of the Apostles Philip and James will be venerated and, at the end, he will greet the community of Friars Minor Conventual, present with the Minister General, Friar Marco Tasca, to the members of the General Curia and of the Roman communities, and to all the faithful present.
A path of dialogue and brotherhood
Fra Agnello Stoia expressed great joy for "the news of the visit of His Holiness Bartholomew, who thus accepted the invitation, addressed on several occasions, to visit the Basilica where the relics of the two Apostles and martyrs are kept and venerated". For the parish priest it is "a sign of great attention that arises in the path of ongoing dialogue and brotherhood between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, which sees Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartolomeo as two untiring architects of this path". https://www.vaticannews.va/it/chiesa/news/2018-05/patriarca-bartolomeo-basilica-santi-apostoli.html