Click on the photos for bigger versions.Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople personally welcomed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI at the airport in
The Pope was welcomed by a gift of flowers.His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was officially welcomed by Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople amidst the festal pealing of bells and was followed by a Doxology in the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George.
His Holiness lighted a candle at the entrance of the Cathedral.
The Pope and Patriarch were preceded by deacons swinging thuribles.
Before proceeding to the Throne Room, the Pope and Patriarch venerated the relics of Sts Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom, former Archbishops of Constantinople which were graciously returned by His Holiness Pope John Paul II of blessed memory. After that the Patriarch also introduced the Pope to the hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne.
Some idle chit chat followed. Then Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Benedict XVI met privately to discuss issues regarding Orthodox and Roman Catholic relations, including interreligious dialogue, world peace and mutual understanding.
The Pope then left the Phanar again to the festive pealing of bells in the hope of returning the next day for the Feast of St. Andrew, Patron of the
All photos courtesy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (www.patriarchate.org) and N. Manginas.
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Photos: Pope Benedict XVI Arrives at the Phanar
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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