The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited Milan for his scheduled meeting with the Catholic Archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Angelo Scola. (May 14-16, 2013)
The Ecumenical Patriarch extended an invitation to Cardinal Scola to visit the Phanar which was immediately accepted. As it became known, he will visit the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate from December 31 to January 2.
The visit of the Orthodox Primate to Milan was organized on the occasion of the 1,700 years since the Edict of Milan, which established the freedom of religion in the Roman Empire and put an end to the persecution of Christians.
The Patriarch officiated the liturgy in the overcrowded church of Santa Maria Podone, which has been granted by the Roman Catholic Church to the Greek Orthodox community of Milan. The Catholic Archbishop attended the liturgy.
In the Old Royal Palace of Milan, the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Italian Cardinal, in a celebratory speech, referred to the importance of religious freedom in today’s pluralistic societies, starting with a relative phrase of Jesus cited by St. John: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Cardinal Angelo Scola and the successor of St. Andrew, in a new ecumenical meeting at the Catholic Church of St. Ambroso, commented passages of the New Testament.
16 May 2013:Basilica of Saint Ambrose in Milan