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Humility and courage to walk together

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10 December 2021

On Friday morning, 3 December, after leaving the Apostolic Nunciature in Nicosia, the Holy Father travelled by car to the Orthodox Archbishopric of Cyprus for a courtesy visit to His Beatitude Chrysostomos II. Upon arrival, the Pope was received at the main entrance of the Archbishopric by a representative of the Holy Synod. At the entrance, His Beatitude Chrysostomos II welcomed the Holy Father. After the presentation of the respective Delegations and a meeting in private, the Holy Father wrote and signed a message in the Book of Honour. The following is a translation of the message.

Pilgrim in Cyprus, pearl of history and faith, I invoke from God the humility and courage to walk together towards full unity and to give to the world, a fraternal message of consolation and a living witness of hope, following the example of the Apostles,

Your Beatitude, thank you for speaking of the Mother Church in the midst of the people. This is the path that anoints us as pastors. Let us go forth together along this path. And thank you so much for speaking about dialogue. We must always move forward on the path of dialogue, a path that is arduous, patient and sure, a path of courage. “Parrhesia and patience” (in Greek).