His Holiness Pope Francis and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew participate in the Prayer Service of Thanksgiving at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America were also present in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher with other bishops of the Patriarchal Delegation. Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew venerated the Stone of Unction where Jesus was anointed before burial after which they participated in the Prayer Service of Thanksgiving.
On Sunday, May 25, 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will convene at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem to commemorate a meeting in the Holy Land held fifty years ago by their predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where he venerates the place where Jesus was born and celebrates the Doxology of Thanksgiving.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presides over Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated at the Patriarchal and Hierarchal co-celebration in the Church of the Resurrection in Jerusalem, also serving were Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, the clergy of the Synod of the Ecumenical Throne and the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the priests and deacons, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is currently in in Jerusalem tonight where he will meet with Pope Francis.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrives at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv on Friday, 23 May 2014.
He is greeted by His Excellency Uzi Landau Minister of Tourism, State of Israel, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Excellency Spyridon Lampridis Ambassador of Greece to Israel, Mr. George Zaharioudakis the Consul General of Greece in Jerusalem, Mr. Mustafa Sarnic the Consul General of Turkey in Jerusalem, and Dr. Anthony Limberakis the National Commander, Order of St. Andrew.