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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Pays Historic Visit toRoman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, December 1, 2006 Contact: Rev. Dositheos Anagnostopoulos Patriarchal Press Officer Tel. +90 212
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      The Ecumenical Patriarchate

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Friday, December 1, 2006

      Contact: Rev. Dositheos Anagnostopoulos
      Patriarchal Press Officer
      Tel. +90 212 5210430
      dositheos@...

      Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos
      Press Officer
      Tel. +90 538 2777495 (cell)
      frfrank@...


      Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Pays Historic Visit to Roman Catholic
      Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul

      ISTANBUL Turkey -- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew paid a reciprocal visit
      to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul today where
      he was welcomed by Pope Benedict XVI.

      The two leaders joined in a procession into the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
      where the Pope celebrated the Liturgy for the Roman Catholic community of
      Istanbul. During the Liturgy the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch
      Bartholomew exchanged a kiss of peace and offered a common blessing to the
      faithful.

      Also in attendance for the Roman Catholic Liturgy were the heads of the
      other Christian Communities of the city.

      The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, built in 1846 under the
      direction of Italian architect Julien Hillereau, is located near the Beyoglu
      District of Istanbul. The statute of one of the Pope's predecessors with the
      same name, Benedict XV, stands in the courtyard of the cathedral.

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