Broadcasting from Rome: A Scrapbook

Recently during the historic pilgrimage of the successors to the Brothers of Galilee, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, viewers around the world were treated to a broadcast of equally historic proportions when clergy and laymen who were part of the Patriarchal Support Team traveled to Rome and were heard on the television station EWTN. The broadcast was offered in five languages.

The team of commentators were coordinated and spearheaded by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis. The English commentary was provided by Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, Pastor of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale and Executive Director of the OCN (Orthodox Christian Network, Extensive internet coverage of the event was provided on a special website established for the purpose, at as well as on the OCN website.

The Support Team had informed the faithful, through a series of very effective bulletin inserts and press releases, that the live telecast would take place, and clearly thousands of faithful all over the world were witness to an event that reenacted the dialogue of love and truth that began 50 years ago when Pope Paul IV met with Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras to lift the Excommunications of the two churches and begin something that will eventually correct a schism that has affected all of Christendom.

Pictured here are the commentators selected as part of the Patriarchal Support Staff who participated in the worldwide broadcast at Radio Vaticanna in Rome. Not pictured but listed are their counterparts from the Vatican. Also not pictured is Archdeacon John Chryssavgis, who was in Jerusalem with the Ecumenical Patriarch.

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Portugese: Marciano Schaeffer, Vatican: Luis Jackson Erpen. Celebrant of the Divine Liturgy at St. Theodore Church in Rome on the Sunday before the telecast: V. Rev. Nikodimos Kabarnos. Italian: V. Rev. Evangelos Yfantidis, Vatican: Rosario Tronnolone. Spanish: His Grace Bishop Iosif of Patara, Vatican: Raul Cabrera. German: Rev. Constantin Miron, Vatican: Fr. Max Cappabianca. French: Dr. Nicolas Kazarian, Vatican: Xavier Sartre. English: Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, Vatican: Tracey McClure.

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