Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople (Istabul) met Thursday (Oct 26) in Vatican City.
MS Pope and attendants walking away from camera
WS Pope Paul embracing Patriarch Athenagoras before crowds.
MS Athenagoras and attendants walking (travelling shot)
WS Paul and Athenagoras walking across floor of Vatican.
LS Paul and Athenagoras approaching altar
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MW Nuns observing
MS Paul and Athenagoras standing before altar reading from large volumes
M2S ATHENAGORAS READING; Pope sitting before altar
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Background: Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople (Istabul) met Thursday (Oct 26) in Vatican City.
The meeting was second one between the Pope and the Patriarch and like the first last May was aimed at healing the centuries-old rift between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. During the day, Pope Paul and Patriarch Athenagoras prayed side by side in St. Peter's Basilica. Never in history of the two churches had two such leaders prayed together in St. Paul's, the largest Christian church in the world. The Patriarch's visit to Rome was the first visit by a head of the Eastern church since 1451, when one of his predecessors died there after a fruitless attempt to re-unite the two Churches.
During the service at St. Peter's, the Pope and the Patriarch repeatedly embraced in the symbolic "kiss of peace." Patriarch Athenagoras leaves the Vatican Saturday afternoon (Oct. 28). On Friday morning (Oct. 27) the Patriarch met for private talks with the Pope.