Vatican City: A delegation from the Patriarchate of Constantinople will attend the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul the Apostles as special guests and pray with Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Tomb. It is customary for the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople to send a delegation with greetings to the Roman Church on the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. On the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the Pope’s delegation will arrive in Constantinople with greetings.
If the apostles St. Peter and Paul are the pillars of the Roman Church, then the apostle St. Andrew is the pillar of the church in Constantinople. The Patriarchate of Constantinople was led by three delegates – Metropolitan Emmanuel Adamarcis, Metropolitan of Buenos Aires, and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of the Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires.
After the Eucharistic Sacrifice at the Vatican’s Basilica, a delegation of patriarchs prayed with the Pope at St. Peter’s Tomb, located below the Basilica. In the Eucharist, the pope addressed the delegation: ‘Your remarkable presence is an invaluable sign that leads divided believers on the path to unity. It is a sign of the true fellowship that binds us together as Catholics and Orthodox, though not yet complete. ‘
On the eve of the Feast of the Apostles, a delegation arrived at the Vatican with a message of congratulations from Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. The pope gave them a warm welcome and thanked them. Pope Bartholomew I greets Pope Benedict XVI The pope also asked the delegation to inform him of his arrival at the Vatican.