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Vatican. Pope Francis received Metropolitan Anthony from the Moscow Patriarchate

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Pope Francis received in audience a high-ranking hierarch of the Moscow Patriarchate. The envoy also met with the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Pope Francis received on Friday in audience the head of the Department of External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Anthony, the ANSA agency reported. He is a high-ranking hierarch in the structures of the Russian Orthodox Church. The conversation took place on the day of the Pope’s return to the Vatican from hospital.

Pope FrancisFABIO FRUSTACI/PAP/EPA

As noted by the Italian agency, Metropolitan Anthony sent wishes from the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill for recovery to the pope, who is recovering from abdominal surgery.

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Waiting for a decision on Zuppie’s visit to Russia

The envoy of the Moscow Patriarchate also met with the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

The talks in the Vatican came at a time when a decision is expected on whether the papal envoy in the case Ukraine Cardinal Matteo Zuppi will go to Russia. In early June he was in Kiev.

Main photo source: FABIO FRUSTACI/PAP/EPA



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