Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill praised on Monday held a conversation with French President Francois Hollande, as mentioned at the meeting with the Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris in the building of the Catholic Archdiocese.
Patriarch Kirill and Francois Hollande at a meeting on Monday at the Elysee Palace in Paris, we discussed the protection of Christians in the Middle East and the peace-making efforts in the Ukraine. The Patriarch thanked Hollande for the possibility of building in the center of Paris, Quai Branly Trinity Cathedral of the Russian Orthodox Church and the spiritual and cultural center. Patriarch sure that this place will become a platform for the development of spiritual and humanitarian initiatives between Russia and France. French President welcomed held in February, Patriarch Kirill met with Pope Francis in Havana and held on Sunday the consecration of the cathedral in the territory of which opened in October, the Russian spiritual and cultural center.
"We had a good conversation with President of France Fransua Ollandom We discuss important contemporary issues ... I think that the opportunity to meet with the President of France -. Man who heads the secular republic, a secular state - this is a good signal that the secular government is ready to discuss with the representatives of church burning problems that now we are all concerned about, "- Patriarch Kirill said.
Cardinal Vingt-Trois said that often occurs with the President and talking about important issues. "This is a man who listens, and listens favorably," - said Cardinal Vingt-Trois of Hollande, however, he said, you never know whether this dialogue will lead to concrete results.
Patriarch Kirill 3 December began primatial visit to the Diocese of Korsun. During the visit, which will last until December 7, the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church will visit not only Paris, but also the Swiss city of Zurich, where he will lead the church celebration of the anniversary of 80-Church of the Resurrection.