This morning, Pope Benedict XVI and Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, side by side, celebrated the liturgy of the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Basilica. The Holy Father also gave the pallium to 40 archbishops during that Mass. EWTN will re-broadcast that Mass at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time/6:00 p.m. Pacific tonight.
Asia News has an article, as it usually does on Sunday morning. The International Herald Tribune, Vatican Radio, also have articles, and the Washington Post has a short summary in an article on the day's world news.
During the Mass, the Gospels were proclaimed by a Latin rite Catholic deacon and a deacon from the Orthodox Church. The Holy Father kissed the book of the Gospels used by the Orthodox deacon, and the Ecumenical Patriarch kissed the book of the Gospels used by the Catholic deacon. The Greek formula of the Nicene Creed was recited. Father Zuhlsdorf has a post about the use of the Greek Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed without the filioque.
Following the Gospels, Benedict XVI introduced Bartholomew I, who then gave a short homily. After Bartholomew I's homily, Benedict VXI gave his own homily. The Vatican Press Office has the text of the introduction and both homilies in Italian. An English translation of the introduction and both homilies is provided at Papa Ratzinger Forum. Zenit also has translations of Bartholomew I's homily with the Pope's introduction and Benedict XVI's homily.
Bartholomew I's homily spoke of the unity between the "new Rome" (Constantinople, now known as Istanbul) and the "old Rome" (Rome), and a hope for full unity as soon as possible.
Benedict XVI's homily spoke of the importance of Rome as the place of martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. For Paul, he said, going to Rome was part of the universality of his mission to the Gentiles. For Peter, he said, going to Rome was part of a mission for the unity of the Church that was being formed by Jews and pagans. He said that the Church's interior unity, which comes from God's peace, is important in today's world, in which the external unity brought by information technology has prompted new disagreements and re-activated some old ones. He also spoke about the symbolism of the pallium.
After the imposition of the pallium, the Holy Father gave his Angelus reflection and recited the Angelus. The Italian text with greetings in various languages can be found on the Vatican Press Office website. There are English translations at Zenit and Papa Ratzinger Forum. In that reflection, he again spoke of the Pauline year, saying that it would naturally have Rome as its center, but would involve the entire Church, particularly mentioning the locations of St. Paul's missionary journeys, including Tarsus, Turkey, the Holy Land and Malta.
Benedict XVI and Bartholomew I then blessed the people together and went together to the tomb of St. Peter for a moment of silent prayer.