Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Pays Historic
to Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul
Patriarch Bartholomew paid a reciprocal visit to the Roman
Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul today where he
was welcomed by Pope Benedict XVI.
two leaders joined in a procession into the Cathedral of the
Holy Spirit where the Pope celebrated the Liturgy for the Roman
Catholic community of Istanbul. During the Liturgy the Pope and
the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew exchanged a kiss of peace
and offered a common blessing to the faithful.
in attendance for the Roman Catholic Liturgy were the heads of
the other Christian Communities of the city.
Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, built in 1846 under
the direction of Italian architect Julien Hillereau, is located
near the Beyoglu District of Istanbul. The statute of one of the
Pope's predecessors with the same name, Benedict XV, stands in
the courtyard of the cathedral.