NEWS STORY: Shadow of Crusades Falls on Pope’s `Brotherly Gesture’ to the Orthodox

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c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Centuries-old bitterness over the sack of Constantinople during the Crusades has cast a small shadow on a major gesture intended by Pope John Paul II to bring Catholics and Orthodox Christians a step closer to unity. At a solemn ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday (Nov. […]

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