Saturday, December 2, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass and leaves Turkey

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a very beautiful votive Mass for the Holy Spirit in the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Turkey before leaving the country. The languages used at the Mass included Latin, Turkish, French, German, Syriac, Arabic and Spanish. Also, the ritual sequences represented the presence of various Eastern Rites.

According to Zenit, "The Armenians chanted the entrance song and the Sanctus; the Chaldeans chanted the responsorial Psalm and the offertory song, in Aramaic. And the Syrians chanted the Gospel in accordance with their own ritual usage." Before the Mass, the Holy Father released four doves, a symbol of peace.

At the airport, he said goodbye to the Turkish Catholic bishops, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Armenian Patriarch Mesrob II, and Syrian Orthodox Metropolitan Filuksinos Cetin.


AP Photo/Patrick Hertzog, Pool

REUTERS/Osservatore Romano (TURKEY)

AFP/HO/Arturo Mari

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