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Pope Francis: a “big embrace” to Bartholomew, “Peter and Andrew together”

“On the Feast of Saint Andrew, I would like to greet the Church of Constantinople and his Patriarch Bartholomew, to join with him and the Church of Constantinople in the feast of this cousin Church – Peter and Andrew together –, and to wish them all the best, all the blessings of the Lord, and a big embrace”. Pope Francis made these off-the-cuff remarks at the end of his General Audience today. Every year, on November 30th, a Catholic delegation participates in the celebrations for the Feast of St Andrew in Istanbul, and on June 29th, an Orthodox delegation attends the celebration of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Rome. “Today we celebrate the Feast of Andrew the Apostle, the brother of Saint Peter”, the Pope said, during his traditional greetings to young people, the sick and newly-weds at the end of his Wednesday Audience. “May his dash to the sepulchre towards the Lord remind you, dear young people, that our lives are a pilgrimage to the House of the Father; may his strength in facing martyrdom support you, dear sick people, when suffering seems unbearable; and may his passion in following the Saviour lead you, dear newly-weds, to understand the importance of love in your new family”.

 

 

 

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