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Alexy II meets with Vatican envoy

June 21 2005

Alexy II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia met on Tuesday in his working residence in Moscow with Secretary General of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pastor Samuel Kobia.

According to the deputy chairman of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the main topic of conversation will be the Russian Orthodox Church with the World Council of Churches (those involving ROC) and the very activity of the Council.

It is noted that the pastor Kobia recently met with Pope Benedict XVI.

In Russia, the WCC delegation, which arrived on Saturday, has already visited the memorial on the Butovo Polygon, where years of atheistic persecutions were shot hundreds of clerics, monks and laymen, attended the service at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Assumption Kremlin, met with Vice Speaker of the State Duma Lyubov Sliska, RIA "News."

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