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    http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/144681/jerusalem-meets-russian-patriarch-kirill.html Jerusalem Meets Russian Patriarch Kirill JERUSALEM, November 10 (RIA
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      Jerusalem Meets Russian
      Patriarch Kirill
      JERUSALEM, November
      10 (RIA Novosti) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of
      Moscow and All Russia, who arrived in Jerusalem on Friday, was accompanied by a
      solemn procession of clerics and laypeople on his way from the Jaffa Gate to the
      Church of the Holy Sepulchre inside the Old City.

      Thousands of believers
      gathered in front of the church, which is the holiest site for Christians across
      the world, to greet Patriarch Kirill and Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
      Theophilos III, who met him. The two patriarchs held a short divine
      service.

      The Church of the Holy Sepulchre has for centuries been one of
      the most important pilgrimage destinations for millions of Christians as the
      purported site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus
      Christ.

      Patriarch Theophilos III addressed Patriarch Kirill, for whom it
      is the first visit to the Holy Land since he was elected to head the Russian
      Orthodox Church in 2009, with a solemn speech, in which he noted the importance
      of brotherly relations between the two Orthodox Churches.

      Patriarch
      Kirill said each Christian dreams of visiting the Holy Land.
      “For the first
      time I have come to the Holy Land to offer prayers on behalf of the entire
      Russian Church that chose me as its Primate,” the patriarch said, adding that he
      will in particular pray for peace around the world.
      During his six-day stay,
      Patriarch Kirill is expected to visit Christian holy sites in Israel, the
      Palestinian territories and Jordan.

      The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
      earlier in November threatened to close its doors as its bank account was frozen
      over a debt to an Israeli water company. The church had been exempt from water
      charges in a tacit agreement with Jerusalem authorities for decades but the
      Hagihon company, which took over water supply to Jerusalem in the late 1990s,
      recently demanded payment of a $2.3 million bill dating back 15 years, including
      interest.

      Theophilos III even wrote letters to the leaders of Russia,
      Israel, the United States, Greece, Cyprus and Jordan with an appeal to intervene
      with the standoff and put a stop “to this flagrant act against the church.”
      Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the presidential
      administration will thoroughly study Theophilos's request for help.

      The
      Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem shares control of the church with the
      Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate and the Roman Catholic Franciscan Order through
      complicated arrangements essentially unchanged for centuries. The site, located
      within the Christian Quarter of the walled Old City of Jerusalem, attracts more
      than 1 million pilgrims annually.

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