ROME, JUNE 23, 2011 (Zenit.org (http://www.zenit.org)).- PatriarchBartholomew I of Constantinople will send a delegation to Rome on June 29,feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
The visit takes place as part of what has become a traditional exchange ofdelegations between the Orthodox Church and the Vatican for the respectivefeasts of their holy patrons. The Holy See always sends a delegation to Istanbul on Nov. 30, feast of St. Andrew.
The Orthodox delegation will be made up by Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and director of the Orthodox Church's office in the European Union; Bishop Athenagoras of Sinope, auxiliary bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchateserving in Belgium; and Archimandrite Maximos Pothos, the vicar-general in Switzerland.
The delegation will also meet with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
The exchange of delegations between Rome and Constantinople began in 1969, with Cardinal Johannes Willebrands' visit to Constantinople for the feast of St. Andrew. At the time, the cardinal was president of the Secretariat for Christian Unity.