Proposed Nicea ecumenical meeting ‘nice’ idea, Vatican spokesman says

Vatican City, May 31, 2014 / 01:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to media reports that Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I will meet for an ecumenical gathering in Nicea in 2025, the Vatican's spokesman said that such a meeting would be a positive encounter.

Father Federico Lombardi told CNA that a meeting between the two leaders “is a nice proposal from Bartholomew, just as his proposal for an encounter on the 50th anniversary meeting between Paul VI and Athenagoras I was.”

Fr. Lombardi said that there are no further details at this time, but if Bartholemew I says the two have spoken about it, then “it’s something they’ve just spoken about amongst themselves at this point.”

“I wish good things for ecumenism,” Fr. Lombardi added.

Such a meeting would mark the significance of the Council of Nicea of 325 A.D. – the last council accepted by both the Eastern and Western Church.

Discussion about the upcoming meeting began after Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I met at the Holy Sepulchre during their visit to the Holy Land last week.


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