Orthodox Patriarchs to Meet in Moscow

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ROME, MAY 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Moving forward in a sometimes troubled history, the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople will visit his counterpart in Moscow, arriving Saturday and staying through the end of the month.



Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia invited Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to make the visit. Bartholomew I will be accompanied by an entourage including a few ranking Orthodox prelates and several laypeople.

The program includes Moscow, the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St. Sergius, the Monastery of the Transfiguration on Valaam, and St. Petersburg.

The two patriarchs will celebrate Divine Liturgy together Sunday, and other activities on the program include marking Kirill's name day on May 24, the opening ceremony of the Days of Slavonic Literature and Culture, a concert to be performed at the State Kremlin Palace and a reception given on behalf of the government of Russia.

The two patriarchs will join to celebrate the Divine Liturgy the next Sunday as well, Orthodox Sunday of All Saints, in St. Petersburg.