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Peres to meet with Eastern church leader Bartholomew I

The pope may get the headlines, but he’s not the only Christian bigwig in town. Bartholomew I, the head of the Eastern Orthodox Church who resides in Istanbul, is also in Jerusalem, where he met with Francis in Sunday.

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, center, prays at the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birth place of Jesus Christ, on May 24, 2014 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (photo credit: AFP/ MUSA AL SHAER)
Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, center, prays at the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birth place of Jesus Christ, on May 24, 2014 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. (photo credit: AFP/ MUSA AL SHAER)

On Monday morning, Bartholomew will powwow with President Shimon Peres. The two will discuss the importance of ties between Israel and the Orthodox church and expanding ties between Israel and the Greek Orthodox Church, according to a statement from the President’s Residence.

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