Pope Francis to Meet Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church Leader in the Vatican

By Mei Manuel, May 11, 2018 05:05 AM

Pope Francis(Screengrabbed)

On Wednesday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with the head of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the first time since the head's election in 2014.

The meeting is scheduled to occur on Friday during Archbishop and Primate of the Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church Metropolitan Rastislav's visit to Rome from May 9 to 11. Ratislav is also scheduled to meet Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unit according to the report of the Catholic News Agency. 

Ratislav currently presides over the Orthodox churches of Slovakia and the Czech Republic and is one of the leaders of the 14 self-governing bodies of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

This is not the first time Pope Francis reached out to other groups outside the Catholic Church. In 2016, he met up with the Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill. In 2013, he met Coptic Pope Tawadros II. He had also met up Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the 'first among equals' of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Pope Francis is also scheduled to join church leaders in a special ecumenical gathering in Bari, Italy to pray for the Middle East on July 7th. He had also asked the public to pray for peace in Syria in his traditional address at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Vatican did not reveal the details on what the two leaders may discuss during their meeting.

Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

130-Y-O Church Rededicated in Lanzhou, Gansu

The Lanzhou Shanzishi Church was originally built by the China Inland Mission (CIM) in 1885. After more than 130 years, the church dedicated its newest building on May 19, 2018.

Social Savvy Christian Nun Criticized Vatican on Social Media Instructions for Nuns

One nun who is well-known in social media is currently criticizing the new instructions nuns have to apply while using social media.

Christians Come Together in a Rescue Effort for Hawaii Volcano Eruption Victims

Christians are leading the rescue efforts for the victims of the recent volcano explosion in Hawaii.

'God Made You This Way': Pope Francis to a Gay Man

A gay man who spoke to Pope Francis shares what the Pope told him regarding his sexuality.

Chilean Bishops Offer Mass Resignation After Pope Meeting

Chile's Catholic Church may be in for a reshuffle due to this unprecedented move.

Pope Francis Elevates 14 New Cardinals from 5 Continents

Who are the newest cardinals to join the Catholic Church?

Slain Archbishop Romero and Former Pope Paul VI to Be Made Saint in October

The sainthood of these two candidates will be made official at the Vatican in October.

Pentecost: What is the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is God,the third Person of the Trinity. He has his own person, equal in power, glory, worship as the Father and the Son.

Dalian Church Observes Pentecost with Worship & Praise Meeting

On May 20, 2018, Dalian Xishan Church of Jilin held a worship and praise meeting to celebrate Pentecost Sunday.

Shanxi Fellowship for Disabled Serves People on National Disabled Persons’ Day

On May 19, 2018, the fellowship for the disabled of the church in Linfen provided massage service and blood pressure measurement for passersby.