Yesterday there was a historic occasion. A historic gesture of unity.
For the first time a Patriarch of Constantinople addresses a Synod of Bishops in the Sistine Chapel. The Bishops, the Pope and the Patriarch prayed vespers together in the Sistine Chapel.
Pope Benedict XVI spoke of his joy at the presence of the Patriarch Bartholomew. He said that The Word is the light and guide to "our steps"
In his address the Patriarch indicated the common interest which must unite Christians for the benefit of humanity and for a true religious tolerance.