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Pope hands over Armenian relics
    Pope John Paul and the spiritual leader of the Armenian Apostolic church, Garegin the Second, have taken part in an ecumenical service at the Vatican.
    During the service the Pope gave Patriarch Garegin the relics of Saint Gregory, the first leader of the Armenian Apostolic church.
    The relics have been kept in the southern Italian city of Naples for more than 500 years. Correspondents say the Armenian Apostolic church, which is part of the eastern Christian tradition, is seen as a strong symbol of national identity and next year celebrates 1700 years of its existence.
   
BBC
   
13-Nov-00