811Orthodox Patriarch to visit Vatican
- May 1, 2004Orthodox Patriarch to visit Vatican
Vatican, Apr. 27 (CWNews.com) - Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople,
the acknowledged leader of the Orthodox world, will visit the Vatican on
June 29 and join with Pope John Paul II (bio - news) for an ecumenical
liturgical service on that day.
In recent years it has become traditional for the Ecumenical Patriarch to
send a delegation of Orthodox prelates to Rome on June 29, the feast of Sts.
Peter and Paul, the patrons of the Rome diocese-- just as the Vatican sends
a delegation to join the Orthodox leader on the feast of St. Andrew, the
patron on Constantinople. However, the fact that Patriarch Bartholomew
himself is making the trip is seen as a significant gesture.
"The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the acknowledged leader of the
Orthodox hierarchy, will visit Rome this year; that announcement was an
overdue bit of good news on the front of ecumenical talks with the Orthodox
Phil Lawler, Editor, Catholic World News 05/01/04