Saturday, June 1, 2013

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow arrives in Athens for official visit


 ANA-MPA -- Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Athens Saturday afternoon for an official visit to Greece from June 1 to 7.

He was received at Athens' “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport by Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and members of the Holy Synod.

A welcoming official service will later be held at the Church of Agios Dionysios Areopagite, after the end of which Kirill and Ieronymos will hold a meeting at the Athens Archdiocese. On Sunday, the two patriarchs will jointly officiate at the church of Agios Panteleimon, Acharnon.

On Monday, Patriarch Kirill will meet separately with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, before departing for Thessaloniki and Mt Athos.

(file photo)

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