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Vatican sends 'birthday' greetings to Orthodox Patriarch

Catholic World News - February 24, 2010

Cardinal Walter Kasper, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has sent birthday greetings to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, welcoming the "friendship mutual trust and sincerity which has always characterized our conversations" as "a great gift and a sign of progress in relations between our churches."

Technically Patriarch Bartholomew does not have a birthday this year. A leap-year baby, he was born on February 29, 1940. He has been Patriarch of Constantinople-- the acknowledged leader of the Orthodox world-- since 1991.

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  • Posted by: Salome - Feb. 25, 2010 3:51 AM ET USA

    But the day before the calends of March occurs every year.

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