On 25 November, at the monastery of Ayatrìada on the island of Halki, Patriarch Bartholomew met members of the “Together for Europe” Steering Committee. Their meeting took place during an ecumenical gathering of Bishops organized by the Focolare Movement.
The Patriarch, accompanied by Metropolitan Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, met Maria Voce, Gerhard Pross and Diego Goller. During the half hour he asked about preparations for the Munich event in 2016, and expressed his appreciation for both the event and its theme. He is unable to be present, because of the Holy Pan-Orthodox Synod in Constantinople at Pentecost 2016. He will however, send a personal representative to Munich with a video message for the event.
The city of Timisoara, Romania, recently hosted the annual meeting of Together for Europe (TfE) on the theme “Called to Unity.” This meeting brought together 51 movements representing more than 300 Christian realities and communities within TfE’s vast network. The participants came from 29 countries: Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Protestants, Reformed, Anglicans and members of free churches.