Highlights of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate November 2006


November 29, 2006

6:30 pm--Arrival at Kemal Attaturk Airport; Greeting by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

7:15 pm--Official Welcome of His Holiness Pope Benedict by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.

7:30 pm--Doxology of thanksgiving upon the occasion of the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI to the Ecumenical Patriarchate; exchange of greetings and mutual reverence of the Holy Relics.

8:00 pm--Private meeting between the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Pope.

8:45 pm--Departure of Pope.

November 30, 2006
St. Andrew Feastday

9:45 am--Arrival of the Pope and welcome by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

10:00 am--Patriarchal Divine Liturgy; Exchange of the Kiss of Peace; The Pope recites the Lord’s prayer in Greek; Official addresses and responses between the Pope and the Ecumenical Patriarch; The Prelates bless the Congregation present.

12:00 pm--Official joint blessing of the Faithful present and those around the world from the balcony of the Chief Secretariat, respectively in Latin and Greek.

12:30 pm--Official reading and signing of the Joint Declaration.

1:00 pm--Patriarchal Luncheon in honor of the Pope.

2:45 pm--Pope departs from the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

December 1, 2006
Papal Holy Mass at the Holy Spirit Church

8:40 am--Ecumenical Patriarch is welcomed by the Pope; Exchange of the Kiss of Peace; The Prelates jointly bless the faithful, respectively in Greek and Latin.

1:15 pm--His All Holiness bids farewell to the Pope as he departs from Attaturk Airport.

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(Posting date 27 November 2006)

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