Moves toward unity between the Roman Catholic and Armenian Church culminated in a meeting yesterday between Pope Paul and the leader of the Armenian Orthodox Church.
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Background: Moves toward unity between the Roman Catholic and Armenian Church culminated in a meeting yesterday between Pope Paul and the leader of the Armenian Orthodox Church. The two churchmen embraced in a public gesture of peace at the Sistine Chapel in Rome.
It was the first meeting between the leaders of the two churches in 1,500 years. The split occurred in 451 when Armenian delegates refused to attend an Ecumenical Council.
Vasken I, the Supreme Catholics of the three-million-strong Armenian Church, arrived in Rome on Friday. He was invited to spend his four day stay as a personal guest of the Pope at St. John's Tower in the Vatican Gardens.
In the ceremony yesterday at the Sistine Chapel, the Pope said it would mark a new stage of reconciliation and collaboration between the two churches. Vasken I told the congregation of his Church's happiness over the moves toward unity. His church is based mainly in the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, but there are about one million members scattered throughout Europe, America and the Middle East.