Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Visiting Constantinople

Papabile caught this first...

Vatican official says he expects November papal trip to Istanbul

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A top Vatican official said he expects Pope Benedict to travel to Istanbul, Turkey, in late November for a meeting with Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

Read it all here.

The November 30/Feast of St. Andrew date was mentioned again and the article basically recounts the ecumenical meetings that began back in 1964 when Paul VI met the Patriarch in the Holy Land. There has been no official confirmation thus far on the trip.

There was a news story that I read the other day that discussed Turkey's EU bid and how with the situation being what it is, the roadmap was stretched out over a decade and longer... I wonder just how they're going to handle Benedict XVI.

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