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‘Pathways of St Paul’ pilgrimage: Iznik & Istanbul


‘Pathways of St Paul’ pilgrimage: Iznik & Istanbul News Story

The ‘Pathways of St Paul’ pilgrimage being led by the Bishop of Parramatta Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP has reached Iznik & Istanbul.

Bishop Anthony is leading the pilgrimage of 22 Catholic Education Office staff and Principals through Greece and Turkey from 28 September to 15 October.

On the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the principals and I viewed the ruins of the city in which the first such ecumenical council was held - Nicaea, now called Iznik in Turkey, Bishop Anthony wrote on his Facebook page.

Then we arrived in the city of the second, Constantinople (now Istanbul). Here the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity was declared ‘consubstantial’ with the Father against those who said He was not co-eternal, not of the same substance or being as the Father, and so not co-equal with Him.

A very moving experience of how the faith of the apostles has been safeguarded down through the centuries. I prayed that your faith, the faith of the apostles, the faith of the Conciliar fathers, the faith of the Church, may always be strong and consoling.

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