2014-05-15 16:43:51

Pope postpones visit to Rome sanctuary ahead of Holy Land visit

May 15, 2014 - ‎The planned visit of Pope Francis to Rome’s popular shrine of ‘Divino Amore’ (Divine Love) on Sunday, has been postponed. In a brief statement, Holy See’s spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi said that the visit will be rescheduled but for the moment no date has been fixed as yet. The reason behind the postponement of the visit, the Jesuit priest explained, was to make the Pope’s schedule light ahead of his important ecumenical visit to the Holy Land, next week, May 24-26. Pope Francis is making his 3-day trip to the land of Jesus to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople in Jerusalem‎ in 1964, the first such encounter between the two heads in over 500 years since the Great Schism of 1054, that split Christianity into Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.

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