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30 Nov, 2006 05:14

Pope to heal rift with Orthodox church

Pope to heal rift with Orthodox church

Pope Benedict XVI is attempting to heal a 2000 year old rift with the Orthodox church, as he continues his visit in Turkey. He's delivered a joint address with Bartholomew the First – the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians

On Wednesday they delivered a joint service at the church of St. George, but both churches said any major breakthrough on this visit is unlikely.

The split in 1054, came following a dispute over the Pope's powers.

Benedict will also visit the Muslim Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

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