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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I will travel to the Vatican next month to retrieve the relics of two saints seized by Crusaders 800 years ago, a move seen by Orthodox Church officials as a historic step toward reconciliation between the two churches.

Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, will travel to Rome on Nov. 26, and Pope John Paul II will hand over the relics of patriarchs Saints John Chrysostom and Gregory Nazianzen during a ceremony the next day in St. Peter's Basilica, officials at the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate said.

The relics disappeared from Constantinople, today's Istanbul, when Crusaders sacked the city in 1204. They have been kept in St. Peter's Basilica until Vatican officials recently announced that they would be returned to the Orthodox Church.

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