Rorate Caeli

Meeting the Church of Rome

First words of the address of the Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, to the Holy Father, in their Vatican meeting today:

Your Holiness, Pope of Old Rome,
and Bishop of the Historic Chair of the Blessed Apostle Peter

The grace of the Holy Spirit and our duty as Primate-Archbishop of the Most Holy Martyr-Church of the Holy Apostle Barnabas for unity and peace between our Apostolic Churches, have guided our steps here today, together with our reverend entourage to the place of the martyrdom of the Chiefs of the Apostles Peter and Paul, to the shrine of the Catacombs of the martyrs of our holy common faith, to meet Her, whom among the Bishops has the primacy of honor of the undivided Christendom, to give Her the fraternal kiss of peace and, after centuries of a non-fraternal path, build anew bridges of reconciliation, collaboration, and love.