Pope Francis on November 30, 2020 — the Feast Day of St. Andrew — sent a message of joyful best wishes to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople.
St. Andrew, the apostle who was the older brother of St. Peter, is the patron saint of the Patriarch. In his message, the Holy Father his gratitude for the spirit of fraternity he has experienced in his encounters with the Patriarch.
“We can thank God that relations between the Catholic Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate have grown much over the past century, even as we continue to yearn for the goal of the restoration of full communion expressed through participation at the same Eucharistic altar,” Pope Francis wrote in his message. “Although obstacles remain, I am confident that by walking together in mutual love and pursuing theological dialogue, we will reach that goal.”