• Short Summary

    AT A CEREMONY IN ISTANBUL ON TUESDAY, THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ATHENAGORAS -- LEADER OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH - FORMALLY ANNULLED A CENTURIES-OLD EXCOMMUNICATION PRONOUNCED BY THE ORTHODOX CHURCH ON THE CHURCH OF ROME.

  • Description

    AT A CEREMONY IN ISTANBUL ON TUESDAY, THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ATHENAGORAS -- LEADER OF THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH - FORMALLY ANNULLED A CENTURIES-OLD EXCOMMUNICATION PRONOUNCED BY THE ORTHODOX CHURCH ON THE CHURCH OF ROME. AT THE SAME TIME, POPE PAUL IN ROME PERFORMED A SIMILAR CEREMONY.

    AN IMPOSING CEREMONY IN ISTANBUL WAS BROUGHT TO A CLIMAX WHEN THE PATRIARCH, WEARING GOLD AND PURPLE PATRIARCHAL ROBES, DECLARED THE FORMAL ANNULMENT OF THE EXCOMMUNICATION FROM THE PATRIARCHAL THRONE. A THOUSAND PEOPLE PACKED INTO THE CHURCH TO HEAR THE PRONOUNCEMENT WHILE ANOTHER FIVE HUNDRED STOOD OUTSIDE THE DOOR, UNABLE TO GET IN.

    THE ROMAN CHURCH WAS REPRESENTED BY CARDINAL SHEEHAN, ARCHBISHOP OF BALTIMORE. HE REMAINED SEATED THROUGHOUT THE SERVICE ON A SMALLER THRONE BESIDE THE PATRIARCH.

    THE EXCOMMUNICATION WAS PLACED ON THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IN 1054. HISTORIANS HAVE ARGUED ITS VALIDITY FOR MANY YEARS.

    THE PATRIARCH -- AN IMPRESSIVE BEARDED FIGURE -- SAID TO THE CONGREGATION: "THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR OUR LORD. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO OUR LORD, AND TO POPE PAUL, WHO BROUGHT US THIS DAY FROM OLD ROME. THE POPE HAS DONE EVERYTHING TO PREPARE FOR THIS DAY."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7ALDHODVMBFHXLCBSXDR2JEFB
    Media URN:
    VLVA7ALDHODVMBFHXLCBSXDR2JEFB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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