Patriarch Kirill to meet with compatriots, secular and religious leaders in Turkey
02 July 2009, 14:27
Patriarch Kirill to meet with compatriots,
secular and religious leaders in Turkey
Moscow, July 2, Interfax Patriarch Kirill of
Moscow and All Russia will start his visit to
Turkey on July 4 with the Constantinople Patriarchate in Istanbul.
Primates of the Russian and Constantinople
Churches will hold talks there, the Moscow
Patriarchate official website has reported.
Patriarch Kirill and Patriarch Bartholomew of
Constantinople are to celebrate the Divine
Liturgy in the patriarchal Cathedral of St.
George in Phanar (district in Istanbul - IF).
On the same day, the Sretensky Monastery choir
will give a concert in Agia Irini Church, which
the two primates are expected to attend.
Patriarch Kirill will also visit the summer
residence of Russian general consulate in
Buyukdere near Istanbul, where he is to
consecrate the Church of Sts Constantine and
Elena reconstructed after long years of neglect.
The program of the visit also includes visit to
the historical St. Sophia Church, meetings with
Turkish secular and religious leaders and compatriots living in the country.
Patriarch Kirills visit to Turkey will last
until July 6 and is to become the first foreign
visit of the new Russian Church Primate.