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Patriarch Kirill arrives in Havana

February 12, 2:06 UTC+3
The patriarch’s historic meeting with Pope Francis will take place on February 12
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Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and president of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and president of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro

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HAVANA, February 12 /TASS/. Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrived in Havana late on Thursday. His plane landed safely at Hose Marti international airport. A delegation of 100 people is accompanying the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The patriarch’s historic meeting with Pope Francis will take place on February 12.

Raul Castro, president of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba, met Patriarch Kirill at the airport.

After the ceremony, Patriarch Kirill made a short address to the Cuban people, in which he conveyed the greetings from "all the people of the historical Rus."

"I wish prosperity to the Cuban people and happiness to each individual person. Let God be with you with love and mercy," the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said.

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