Orthodoxy: Rhodes to Rome

As the burning Aegean sun climbed toward high noon, fishermen from Rhodes eyed the last of the season's bikini-clad tourists from Germany and Sweden stretching languidly on the is land's white sands. Inside Rhodes's ancient, icon-laden cathedral, where the air was dusky with incense, a choir chanted the solemn hymns of the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, concelebrated by 14 bishops. Thus began the third ma jor conference of the world's 14 Ortho dox churches to take place in the past four years.

Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople, "first among equals" of the...

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