Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches Reconcile, but don't Reunite

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The Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches formally reconcile (but do not reunite) by reversing a mutual excommunication of each other which was originally instituted in July 1054 by Pope Leo IX and Patriarch Michael Caerularius of Constantinople.

Pope Paul VI reads a declaration in St. Peter's Basilica voiding the excommunication while Patriarch Athenagoras reads a similar one at the same time in Istanbul.

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