Pope says gift of St. Peter's bones meant to signify efforts toward Catholic-Orthodox unity

Posted September 13, 2019 8:28 am by Editor

Pope says gift of St. Peter's bones meant to signify efforts toward Catholic-Orthodox unity

Vatican City, Sep 13, 2019 / 05:11 am (CNA).- In a letter to Bartholomew I of Constantinople, Pope Francis has explained the unexpected gifting of a relic of St. Peter to the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church in June, a gesture which generated controversy among some Catholics.

The pope wrote to the ecumenical patriarch Aug. 30, saying the decision to give the relic was born out of prayer and intended as a sign of the ongoing work and prayer toward visible communion between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches.

Pope Francis gave the relic to a member of a delegation from the

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