Holiness Pope Benedict departed from the See of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate with the ringing of bells and in an atmosphere of
All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew escorted the Pope
during his departure and expressed his anticipation for his
presence at the Patronal Feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
the following day.
the two Primates had the opportunity to introduce to one another
the members of their entourages and exchange gifts, and then
meet privately in the official Patriarchal Office. During their
private meeting the members of the entourages had the
opportunity to acquaint themselves with one another in the Hall
of the Throne.