Patriarch Kirill to make a pilgrimage to Mount
Athos and visit Estonia
Moscow, December 29, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All
Russia is to visit Greece, Mount Athos and the Baltic States next year.
"Early in June the Patriarch plans to visit Greece. Visiting the Greek
Orthodox Church he will return the Archbishop Ieronymos' of Athens and All
Greece visit to Russia in 2012. The Primate is going to make a pilgrimage to
Holy Mount Athos during his visit," Metropolitan Hilarion said in his interview
with Interfax-Religion on Saturday.
According to him, the
Patriarch will go on visiting dioceses of the Russian Church, including those
located outside of Russia and self-administered Churches under the Moscow
"The Patriarch has already visited many countries in his
canonical territory, but he hasn't yet visited the Baltic States after being
elected to the patriarchal see. Late in June, His Holiness the Patriarch is
going to visit Estonia where believers of the self-administered Estonian
Apostolic Church are looking forward to his visit," the interviewee of the
The Patriarch will traditionally commemorate St.Vladimir in
Kiev "at the cradle of Russia's Baptism" on July 28.
"Other visits are
also planned, but their dates are yet to be specified," the hierarch said.
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