The meeting will take place on July 7 in the southern Adriatic port city of Bari, chosen because it is home to the relics of St. Nicholas, a figure venerated in both the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity.
Nicholas, who lived about 1,700 years ago in what is today Turkey, is particularly honored by Christian Orthodox Churches in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon in the Middle East.
Nicholas is also widely venerated among Orthodox Christians in Russia, which is Syria’s ally in the civil war.
The Vatican said the encounter would be an “ecumenical meeting for peace” where the religious leaders would discuss “the dramatic situation of the Middle East that afflicts so many brothers and sisters in the faith”. Reuters News.
The Pope is continuing with his extensive outreach program to unite all world’s religions under the banner of the Catholic Church as the leader.
He has so far been with Muslims, Lutherans, Orthodox, Evangelicals, Budhists and other religious sect.
His doctrine alleges that all these different faiths pray to the very same God and that there is need for this ‘unity’.
He has also promoted the Koran as being same with the Bible.