AND THE COUNCIL
TFIE Pope's successor as ApC13 tolic Delegate in Turkey. Archbishop Testa. was last week received by the Oecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras of Constantinople " with great gladness and cordiality," according to a spokesman for the Patriarch after their conversation.
The same spokesman stated, with reference to the forthcoming Ecumenical Council, that relations between the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Holy See were good, The Patriarch was represented at the requiem for Pope Pius XII and at the reception at the Apostolic Delegation after the election and coronation of Pope John XXIII.
It is also learnt from Constantinople that the recently elected Serbian Patriarch Guerman is visiting the Oecumenical Patriarch on May 8, and the two Greek Orthodox prelates will hold detailed discussions.
Commenting on Archbishop Testa's visit to the Patriarch, and on the Pope's reception in audience of the new Orthodox Archbishop of America, the Greek newspaper Korhirrierini ("Daily ") comments that these visits "constitute two manifestations which prepare the ground and create the climate for a rapprochement between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches, a rapprochement that is necessary if one day the union of the Churches is to be constructively envisaged."