INTRODUCTION: Church leaders from all over the world gathered in St.
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GV ZOOM OUT Prelates and bishops sitting by altar, crowd seated. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Church leaders from all over the world gathered in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on Sunday (7 June). The occasion was a series of special ceremonies held to celebrate the 1,600th anniversary of the First Council of Constantinople and the 1,500th anniversary of the Council of Ephesus. The theme of the celebrations was Christian Unity. In a taped message Pope John Paul called on Christians to forget their differences.
SYNOPSIS: The message was relayed at a Mass attended by 53 Cardinals and 250 bishops from all over the world.
They were taking part in what was thought to be the largest meeting of Roman Catholic prelates since the Second Vatican Council nearly 20 years ago.
Also in attendance were leaders of most major non-Catholic religions including the Eastern Orthodox, anglican, Lutheran and Pentacostalist churches.
The Mass in St. peter's was itself a symbol of Christian unity. It was being conducted in celebration of the 1,600th anniversary of the Council of Constantinople, one of the rare occasions when agreement was reached between the various faith.
The Pope, recovering from the attempt on his life a month ago, was unable to deliver his message in person. His taped sermon was said to be of major significance in the movement to heal divisions in the church.