Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Pays Historic Visit to Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL – Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will attend the Papal Mass at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul today.

Patriarch Bartholomew will be received by Pope Francis at the entrance and the two leaders will jointly process into the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, where the Pope is to celebrate Mass for the Roman Catholic community of Istanbul. During the service, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will exchange the kiss of peace and offer a common blessing to the congregation.

Other invited guests include heads of the other Christian Communities in the city. The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, built in 1846, is located near the Beyoglu District of Istanbul.

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