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    Fener Patriarch in Turkey wants unity between Orthodox Churches

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    10.10.2008 - 15:25 | Son Güncelleme:

    Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate called for greater unity between the Orthodox Churches, the Associated Press reported on Friday.

    Patriarch Bartholomew I, who is based in Istanbul, said the Orthodox Church often appears as a "federation of Churches" instead of "one unified Church," the AP reported.

    The Churches in Moscow and Kiev are locked in a dispute over the creation of an independent Ukrainian church, which Russia opposes.

    Bartholomew was addressing Orthodox Church leaders on Friday at the start of a three-day meeting in Istanbul to mark the second millennium since the birth of St. Paul, the apostle.

    The Patriarch will read out a joint declaration at the end of the gathering Sunday, the AP added.

    The church leaders will later travel to sites visited by St. Paul in Turkey and Greece.

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