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811Orthodox Patriarch to visit Vatican

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  • Fr. John-Brian
    May 1, 2004
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      Orthodox 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