Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia to visit Istanbul
- Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia to visit Istanbul
Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia is due to visit Istanbul on 11-12 October to take part in a meeting of heads of the Orthodox Churches that is being organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople as an event to mark the current Year of the Apostle Paul.
At a meeting with Alexy II during the celebration in Kiev in July of the 1020th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople expressed hope the Patriarch of Moscow would be able to take part in October's meeting in Istanbul.
However, in a letter of June 3, Alexy told Bartholomew that the Moscow Patriarchate would not attend forums whose participants included an Estonian Autonomous Orthodox Church that comes under the Constantinople Patriarchate but is not recognized by the Moscow Patriarchate. Alexy expressed hope that Bartholomew would take this into account in organizing the Istanbul meeting.
On 1 October Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad met with Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul. It was agreed that Patriarch Alexy II will take part in the meeting together with Metropolitans Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine, Vladimir of Kishinev and All Moldova, Kornily of Tallinn and All Estonia.
Source: Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions
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