Christian clergymen visit Greek Patriarchate in Turkey

A delegation of Christian clergymen led by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, archbishop of Naples, Italy, paid a visit under the scope of the Year of St. Paul declared by Pope Benedict XVI.

Christian clergymen visit Greek Patriarchate in Turkey

A delegation of Christian clergymen led by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, archbishop of Naples, Italy, paid a visit under the scope of the Year of St. Paul declared by Pope Benedict XVI.

The 52-member delegation visited the prominent Sultanahmet Mosque, which is also known as the Blue Mosque.

Following the visit, Cardinal Sepe said that although it was not a formal visit, it was a pleasure to see Istanbul which he described as a spectacular city.

Later, clergymen visited the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate and met with Patriarch Bartholomew II.

During their ten-day stay in Turkey, the delegation will also visit the Cappadocia region as well as the southern towns of Tarsus and Iskenderun.

Pope Benedict XVI, earlier, announced a special jubilee year dedicated to St. Paul running from June 28, 2008, to June 29, 2009, to mark the approximately 2,000th anniversary of the saint's birth, saying the church needed modern Christians who would imitate the apostle's missionary energy and spirit of sacrifice.

St. Paul, also called Paul the Apostle or Paul of Tarsus, was born in Tarsus in southern Turkey, at the start of the Christian era. St. Paul was the most notable of early Christian missionaries. Thirteen epistles in the New Testament are traditionally attributed to Paul.

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