• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL VI AND ORTHODOX ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ATHENAGORAS TODAY (THURSDAY) EXCHANGED KISSES OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION AFTER A NINE-CENTURY BREACH BETWEEN THEIR CHURCHES.

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    POPE PAUL VI AND ORTHODOX ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH ATHENAGORAS TODAY (THURSDAY) EXCHANGED KISSES OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION AFTER A NINE-CENTURY BREACH BETWEEN THEIR CHURCHES. THEY MADE THE GESTURE DURING AN 80-MINUTE PRAYER SERVICE IN SAINT PETER'S BASILICA IN ROME.

    THE BEARDED 81-YEAR-OLD ATHENAGORAS HAD ARRIVED ONLY TWO-HOURS EARLIER FOR A THREE-DAY VISIT TO ROME, THE FIRST BY A PATRIARCH OF CONSTANTINOPLE SINCE 1451.

    THE 70-YEAR-OLD POPE BROKE INTO SMILES AS HE EMBRACED THE PATRIARCH IN WELCOME AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE BASILICA. THEY EMBRACED TWICE MORE DURING THE CEREMONY TO SYMBOLISE THE RECONCILIATION.

    THE KISS OF PEACE AND RECONCILIATION WAS ALSO GIVEN BYU THE POPE TO FOUR ORTHODOX METROPOLITANS ACCOMPANYING THE PATRIARCH. THE PATRIARCH IN TURN GAVE THE KILL TO A GROUP OF SENIOR CARDINALS.

    DURING THE CEREMONY PRAYERS WERE SAID IN ITALIAN GREEK FRENCH, ENGLISH, GERMAN AND SPANISH.

    IN A LATIN ADDRESS THE POPE SAID THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS "URGING OUR CHURCHES TO ACTIVE PREPARATION SO AS TO MAKE POSSIBLE THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT OF THEIR FULL COMMUNION WITH ONE ANOTHER".

    THE TWO MEN HOLD PRIVATE TALKS TOMORROW (FRIDAY) WITH THIS AS THE THEME. IT IS EXPECTED THAT THEY ARE LIKELY TO CONSIDER SETTING UP A MIXED COMMISSION AS A FIRST STEP TOWARDS UNITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAK1ZLMVL2N91KIQRIET1TP8ZD
    Media URN:
    VLVAK1ZLMVL2N91KIQRIET1TP8ZD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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