Patriarch Kirill to tour Latin America

Source: Interfax-Religion

Moscow, February 5, 2016


Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will take a tour of Latin American countries February 11-22.

The patriarch is expected to visit Cuba, Paraguay and Brazil, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said at a press conference in Moscow on Friday.

The first point of the program will be the visit to Cuba at the invitation of Raul Castro, the head of Cuba's State Council.

The metropolitan recalled that Patriarch Kirill had visited Cuba back when he was a metropolitan, and had met with the Cuban administration. He supervised the construction of a Russian church in Havana and consecrated the church.

In previous years, Raul Castro had invited Patriarch Kirill to visit Cuba many times, but the visit was delayed due to the patriarch's visits to the dioceses of the Russian Church in CIS countries and other Orthodox Churches.

The visit to Cuba was timed to the 45th anniversary of the consecration of the first church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Havana. The Russian-speaking community of Cuba, which has 15,000 members, "is looking forward to the patriarch's visit," Metropolitan Hilarion said.

The patriarch has planned a meeting with Fidel Castro and Raul Castro, a visit to a children's rehabilitation center, and a liturgy in the church in honor of the Icon of Our Lady of Kazan in Havana.

Patriarch Kirill will also visit Paraguay at the invitation of the administration of the country.

The visit to Brazil is timed to the 95th anniversary of the arrival of 1,217 Russian refugees from Gallipoli in Rio de Janeiro and also the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Argentinean and South American dioceses of the Russian Church. The patriarch will visit the capital, where he will meet with the country's president, and then he will visit Rio de Janeiro, where he will conduct a prayer service on Mount Corcovado, at the famous statute of Christ, will visit the Russian church and will meet with the local Catholic cardinal.

He will also serve a liturgy in the St. Paul's Cathedral of the Antioch Patriarchate.

Here you can leave your comment on the present article, not exceeding 4000 characters. All comments will be read by the editors of OrthoChristian.Com.
Enter through FaceBook
Your name:
Your e-mail:
Enter the digits, seen on picture:

Characters remaining: 4000

to our mailing list

* indicates required