Moscow, February 2, 2022
Inside the Russian Church of St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki in Cairo, which served as the Russian representation to the Alexandrian Patriarchate before the latter entered into communion with the Ukrainian schismatics. Photo: patriarchia.ru
Metropolitan Leonid of Klin, the Russian Church’s Patriarchal Exarch for Africa, is hoping to visit Africa soon.
Most likely the first visit will be to Egypt, the Metropolitan told TASS yesterday following his meeting with the Egyptian ambassador to Russia.
“Most likely, my first visit as Exarch will be to the Arab Republic of Egypt… We are in the active phase of preparation for my visit to Egypt,” he said.
Among the goals of his visit will be to determine the location of a future Russian Orthodox cathedral in Cairo, which the Russian Holy Synod designated as the center of its North African Diocese on December 29.
The issue of land allocation “will be decided at the highest level of the Egyptian state system,” Met. Leonid explained.
During the meeting in Moscow yesterday, Egyptian Ambassador H. E. Ali Baha Eldin Elnaggari “welcomed the decision of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church to establish a Patriarchal Exarchate for Africa, which opens new prospects for cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Moscow Patriarchate.”