VATICAN - Pope: On the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, the bishop of Rome is called to "confirm" in faith, love and unity [AN]

At the celebration in St Peter Basilica, Francis bestows the pallium, a sign of communion with the Bishop of Rome, to 34 metropolitan archbishops, six from Asia. The archbishop of Hue (Vietnam), who was unable to attend, will receive the pallium in his See. A delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, led by Metropolitan Ioannis Zizioulas, attended the service. The Thomaskirche Choir of Leipzig (Johann Sebastian Bach’s own church) also took part in the event. Being consumed for the sake of the Gospel, making oneself “all things to all people without sparing oneself”, and “unity in our differences” lead the way to Catholic unity. So is joining together the “synod of bishops” and “primacy”.


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