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Pope Francis meets with the Russian Orthodox Bishop

This Friday, the Pope Francisco met with him Bishop Antonythe second leader mightiest of the Russian Orthodox Churchbefore an expected summit next month with Patriarch Kirill, who supports the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Antony of Volokolamsk is a highly trusted religious of Kiril, to the point that at the age of 24 he had been appointed his private secretary.

It was their first meeting since Antonio’s predecessor, Hilarion, was ousted in June in an abrupt decision signaling discord at the top of the Moscow Patriarchate over the conflict. The Vatican included Antonio among the Pope’s official appointments, but did not give details of what was discussed in the private audience.

Francis will attend a congress of religious leaders in the Kazakh capital, Nur-Sultanfrom September 13 to 15, where he has said that he hopes to meet with Kirill. Bulat Sarsenbaevdirector of the Kazakh organization hosting the congress, announced to the Astana Times that the Russian patriarch confirmed his presence at the religious event.

Kirill, a close ally of the President Vladimir PutinHe has enthusiastically backed the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which the patriarch sees as a bulwark against a West he sees as decadent. His stance sparked a brush with the Vatican and sparked an internal rebellion that led some local Orthodox churches to sever ties with the Russian Orthodox Church, Reuters reported.

Francis, who has called the conflict a “cruel and senseless war of aggression,” had planned to meet Kirill on June 14 in Jerusalem but canceled on the advice of Vatican diplomats. The only time they met was in Cuba in 2016, the first meeting between a Pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Great Schism of 1054.

Source: Elintransigente

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