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Hello all!
Vatican confirmed Pope Francis' trip to Turkey this morning. He well be there for the feast of St. Andrew, November 30th.

The official programme has him down for a Divine Liturgy, presided by HH Bartholomew. It says the Pope will be speaking, I presume after the liturgy, not during.

Still, is this a first for a Pope? To participate in a public celebration of an Orthodox DL?

According to the official schedule, the only public mass will be Saturday, the 29th.

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Hi Filipe,

Pope Francis isn't the first to participate in an Orthodox DL:

http://andrew4jc.blogspot.com/2006/11/his-holiness-pope-at-cathedral-of-st.html

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Thanks Michael Thoma!

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Originally Posted by Michael_Thoma
Hi Filipe,

Pope Francis isn't the first to participate in an Orthodox DL:

http://andrew4jc.blogspot.com/2006/11/his-holiness-pope-at-cathedral-of-st.html
Here is the full video (in 8 parts) of Pope Benedict XVI participating in the Divine Liturgy celebrated by the Ecumenical Patriarch: link. [youtube.com]

In Part 6, Pope Benedict recites the Our Father in Greek.

Also, this link may be of interest to you: Historic meetings between Popes & Ecumenical Patriarchs. [apostolicpilgrimage.org]

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Originally Posted by Filipe YTOL
Still, is this a first for a Pope?
It would be very surprising if it were, considering how many plain ordinary Catholics have attended, or in some cases attend on a regular basis, Orthodox liturgies. smile

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Originally Posted by Filipe YTOL
Still, is this a first for a Pope? To participate in a public celebration of an Orthodox DL?
Looks like Pope Saint John Paul II was the first:
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The visit of Pope John Paul II of Rome to the Ecumenical Patriarchate (29-30 November 1979)
On 30 November 1979, the feast day of the Holy and Glorious Apostle Andrew, the First-Called, and also Feast Day of the Throne of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Pope John Paul II of Rome, of blessed memory, together with his entourage, visited the Ecumenical Patriarchate and attended the Divine Liturgy that was celebrated in the Patriarchal Cathedral. The Pope was welcomed by Patriarch Demetrios of blessed memory, together with all the Synodical and local Hierarchs, as well as with other Hierarchs from abroad.
Source. [apostolicpilgrimage.org]

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All very nice and very inspiring!!

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