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DECR chairman comments on media reports about a possibility of a meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis of Rome

DECR chairman comments on media reports about a possibility of a meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis of Rome
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6 December 2021 year 17:20

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, commented on mass media reports concerning a possibility of a meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis of Rome. 

In the 20’s of December, my meeting is planned with Pope Francis of Rome. I intend to congratulate him on his 85th birthday on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and to discuss with him a wide range of issues concerning the bilateral relations between our two Churches. Among these matters is a possible meeting of Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill. Neither the venue, nor the date of the meeting has been determined so far.

As for the visit of Patriarch Kirill to Finland, I can report the following. As far back as several years ago, the Patriarch received an invitation from the head of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland, the Orthodox Archbishop of Finland and the Catholic Bishop of Helsinki. However, ‘a lot water has run’ since, the inter-Orthodox situation has changed and a pandemic has begun. Now the preparation for this visit has been stopped.

As for the Pope’s visit to Moscow, I can say that this matter has not been discussed on the bilateral level.

I hope that the meeting planned for the 20s of December will offer an opportunity to discuss all the issues of mutual concern.

DECR Communication Service/Patriarchia.ru

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