Patriarch Kirill will not meet with Pope in Kazakhstan

Moscow, August 25, 2022


Despite various statements and media speculations, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill will not be meeting with the head of the Catholic church next month.

His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, the head of the Russian Church’s Department for External Church Relations, told RIA-Novosti that the Patriarch will not be attending the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions being held in Kazakhstan on September 14-15, and thus he won’t be meeting with the Pope there, who is to be in attendance.

The Russian Church will be officially represented at the Congress, but Pat. Kirill will not be part of the delegation, Met. Anthony explained.

Preparations for a second meeting between the Patriarch and Pope were underway until recently. “However, in the spring of this year, to our deep surprise, the Vatican unilaterally publicly announced that preparations for the meeting had been suspended, and that this meeting itself wouldn’t take place,” Met. Anthony said.

The two leaders met for the first time in Havana in 2016, where they signed a joint declaration on a number of issues.

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Laila8/28/2022 6:40 pm
This is a great shame. I still remember very vividly their two eminences meeting for a cuppa a Cinnabon in Havana Airport Duty Free. I remember so vividly the holy papa exclaim ''FINALLY'' as he embraced his brother in arms. Oh, wouldn't it be cool to have a v2.0 meeting of these two.
Reader John8/28/2022 8:23 am
There's absolutely NO reason for His Holiness, Patriarch Kyrill to meet with the Pope of Rome. There is only ONE Church, and Rome has been separate from Her since 1054 AD! After all, what does Light have to do with darkness?
Panagiotis8/26/2022 4:07 am
Since Vatican II the Roman Catholic Church has become increasingly liberal. If you doubt me, then go to the conservative Catholic website called "church militant" and see for yourself. Read the many articles there and videos, and you may be shocked as to how liberal segments of the Roman Catholic Church have become. For many years Roman Catholic supremacists all over the world looked down on the Orthodox and they ridiculed us and persecuted our people. I don't have to mention what happened to our Serbian Brothers do I? Not to mention the uniates. This website has printed many articles about this, so I think our people are well aware of what I am talking about. Now Patriarch Kirill wants to meet Pope Francis? Why? I love Patriarch Kirill, so I take no pleasure in saying this. But the truth is the truth. Orthodox Patriarchs and Bishops should be meeting with other Orthodox Patriarchs and Bishops. The ecumenical nonsense movement must be rejected. Our Church is the true Church, and there is no need for meetings or discussions with others of different churches or faiths. We should be like an island unto ourselves, and if someone wants to become Orthodox, then let them come to us, and we will accept them. Glory be to our God! Just my humble opinion.
Antiochene Son8/25/2022 8:52 pm
At least if one good thing can come of this war, it's to cool the fervor of those lauding a very premature reunion with Rome.
Lya Lutjeboer 8/25/2022 6:01 pm
I do hope His Eminence Patriarch KirriLL wil attent the meeting in Kazakstan. In my prayers. Blessed Be. Litle Ly
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