Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Visits the Russian Orthodox Church

May 28, 2010

On Saturday, May 22, 2010, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrived at the Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, Russia, where he was greeted by His Beatitude Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia, together with other members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, as well as clergy and faithful.

Also welcoming His All Holiness were several diplomats, including representatives from the Russian Federation, military contingents, the Ambassador of Greece in Moscow, and a representative from the Turkish Embassy.

On Sunday, May 23, 2010, on the occasion of Pentecost Sunday, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Beatitude Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at the renowned Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad.

Following the Divine Liturgy, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia greeted the Russian faithful gathered outside the renowned Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad.

On Monday, May 24, 2010, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Beatitude Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia participated in a festive procession commemorating Saints Cyril and Methodius. The procession began from Christ the Savior Cathedral and continued on the embankment of the Moskva River near the Kremlin and ended outside Red Square where opening ceremonies were held for the “Day of Slavic Letters and Culture”. The mayor of Moscow, Yury Luzhkov, also participated in the procession.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin.

According to an Interfax news report the Russian government attaches great importance to its dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church, President Dmitry Medvedev said at a meeting with Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew.

“A lot of changes have taken place recently. And I am very pleased that you will be able to see these favorable changes in the life of the country and the dialogue between the Russian Orthodox Church and the state,” President Medvedev the Ecumenical Patriarch.

“Very complex tasks facing our state and the world as a whole, in light of the economic crisis, can be tackled only through this dialogue. That is why we highly value the constructive and full-fledged dialogue we have had with the Russian Orthodox Church in recent years,” he noted.

The visit of the Patriarch of Constantinople to Russia is a “landmark event,” Medvedev said, adding he was confident that this visit “will help strengthen the dialogue that has always existed between these two sister-Churches.”

Photos from the visit can be viewed at www.patriarchate.org

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