Pope reaches out to Orthodox Church
The Pope says his efforts at reconciliation weren't just "ecclesiastic courtesy" but a sign of his profound desire to unite the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.
It is now customary on or near the June 29 feast of Sts. Peter and Paul for the Pope to receive a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, representing Patriarch Bartholomaios I. It is also a tradition for the Vatican to send a delegation to the patriarchate for the November 30 celebrations of their patron, St. Andrew.
The delegation also attended the Mass in the Vatican on Sunday where the Pope conferred the pallium on 40 new Archbishops. (The pallium is a band of white wool decorated with black crosses that symbolizes the bond between an Archbishop and the Church in Rome.)
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01 Jul 2003