Visited Mariazell today, the most important pilgrimage site in Austria. In the aula of the basilica was a poster commemorating a visit by the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew. The visit was in 2009 or 2010, I think.

Such visits are important, I know. They are signs of the progress of ecumenical dialogue at the highest levels. Would an Ecumenical Patriarch have felt himself able to pay a visit to Mariazell sixty, or even fifty, years ago? I doubt it, though I’m happy to be corrected.

But do the Orthodox and Catholics here pray together? Not just once in a while, but regularly?

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