Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople sit during signing of joint declaration at the patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul Nov. 30. CNS photo/Grzegorz Galazka, pool

Constantinople an Orthodox relic

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  • December 11, 2014

Fifty years ago Blessed Paul VI went to Jerusalem — the first papal trip outside Italy in our time, inaugurating the practice of apostolic journeys — to meet Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople, primus inter pares of all the Orthodox patriarchs. It was a historic moment that, after nearly a millennia of separation, the Bishop of Rome, Successor of St. Peter and universal pastor of the Church, would meet with the Patriarch of Constantinople, the “New Rome,” successor of St. Andrew and ecumenical patriarch of all Orthodoxy.

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