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Pope greets Turkish patriarch thanking its Orthodox founder

Francis thanks founder of church of Byzantium

Pope greets Turkish patriarch thanking its Orthodox founder

Vatican City, March 20 - Pope Francis greeted the archbishop of Constantinople on Wednesday by saluting the apostle St. Andrew, founder of the Church of Byzantium and patron saint of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, located in modern Turkey. "I thank my brother Andrew from the heart," Pope Francis told Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who was at the Vatican for the inaugural mass of the new pontificate on Tuesday. According to Orthodox Christian tradition, St. Andrew was the brother of St. Peter, who founded the Roman Catholic Church. photo: Bartholomew meeting Francis' predecessor Benedict in 2008

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