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Relics of Early Christian Saints Returns to Seat of Orthodox Church

The relics of two early Christian saints have been returned to the seat of the Orthodox Church.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew escorted the relics of Saint John Chrysostom and Saint Gregory Nazianzen into the Cathedral of Saint George in Istanbul Saturday.

Patriarch Bartholomew brought the relics back from Rome, where he received them from Pope John Paul during a joint service at the Vatican.

The two saints led the church during the fourth century, before the split of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches in 1054. Scholars say their remains were taken to Rome in 1204 after the Crusaders sacked Constantinople.

The return of the relics is part of Pope John Paul's efforts to reconcile Rome with the Orthodox Churches.

Some information provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.