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Pope's trip to Cyprus has strong ecumenical dimension

June 03, 2010

When he travels to Cyprus this weekend, Pope Benedict XVI will be making the first trip of his pontificate to a predominantly Orthodox country. In choosing Cyprus as the site for the release of the working document for this October's Synod of Bishops, the Pope is signaling that the Eastern churches are an essential part of any initiative in the region.

Orthodox Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus is welcoming the Pope, and reprimanding those Orthodox prelates who have denounced the papal visit. The trip will provide another sign of the warming trend in Vatican relations with the Orthodox world.


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