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03/20/13: His All-Holiness meets with Pope Francis

On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, His All-Holiness met privately with Pope Francis at the Vatican prior to a papal reception of all church and religious leaders, where the Ecumenical Patriarch delivered the sole address to the newly-installed Pope. The Patriarch's attendance at the papal inaugural mass was a historic initiative on the part of Patriarch Bartholomew inasmuch as it was the first time in history that an Ecumenical Patriarch was personally present at a papal installation. (Photos by Catholic News Service)
Pope Francis embraces Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, at the Vatican March 20. (Catholic News Service photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
Upon Pope Francis' election, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said, "In the joy and jubilation of Your election as the pastoral leader of Roman Catholic Christians throughout the world, we are communicating with Your Holiness in order to express to You and the devout faithful of Your blessed Church our wholehearted congratulations and sincerest salutations on this special day ... May God grant Your Holiness many years of healthy and fruitful ministry to serve His people with Your distinctive humility, simplicity, and charity."
His All-Holiness embraces Pope Francis after delivering a formal address at the papal reception for church and religious leaders held at the Vatican on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. (Catholic News Service photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
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