Protravel International reports it has been selected to be involved in the historic Apostolic Pilgrimage to Jerusalem scheduled for May 23 to 27. Protravel is overseeing every aspect of the travel arrangements for His All Holiness Bartholomew for his meeting with Pope Francis in Jerusalem later this month, the company says.
Protravel says senior vice president Peter Vlitas, who holds a position of Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate within the Orthodox Church, is personally overseeing each detail of the journey that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.
The 1964 meeting marked the first time since 1438 that the historic spiritual leaders of the Western and Eastern Churches met face-to-face, Protravel says.
The idea for the May meeting originated during the March 2013 enthronement of Pope Francis, which was attended by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew – the first documented time in history that a Primate of Constantinople attended the enthronement of the Primate of Rome.
“Protravel is proud to be part of this extraordinary historical event. We are truly humbled to have been selected to handle all travel arrangements not only for Our All Holiness Bartholomew, but also for an accompanying delegation that includes influential business leaders from around the world,” said Vlitas.
Protravel International LLC is a Travel Leaders Group company with annual sales of over $870 million and a network of 22 branch locations.