Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Serbian Patriarch Irinej plant olive tree in Thessaloniki to send message of peace

His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Beatitude Patriarch Irinej of Serbia on Sunday, Sept. 30, planted an olive tree at the Zeitenlik Military Cemetery in Thessaloniki sending a message of reconciliation and peace to the world on the centennial of the end of First World War.

The event marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I included a patriarchal Divine Liturgy and a memorial service commemorating the over 200,000 soldiers buried in the graveyard at which both Primates concelebrated.

The two Orthodox Patriarchs took part in a flower-laying ceremony and planted an olive tree as a symbol of peace.

In the context of the commemorative manifestations, the two heads of Churches met Saturday afternoon, September 29, 2018.

As reported by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the two Patriarchs had a long and fruitful conversation regarding inter-Orthodox matters, in the spirit of mutual understanding and brotherly love.

The meeting was attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis, the Grand Archdeacon Theodoros and Archon Theodoros Giangou, Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


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