2022-08-05 16:49:00

Pope Francis holds lengthy meeting with head of Moscow Patriarchate's external relations dept

Moscow, August 5, Interfax - Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations (DECR) of the Moscow Patriarchate, visited the Vatican on Friday, where he had a meeting with Pope Francis, the DECR reported.

During the conversation in the Italian language at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican, Pope Francis and Metropolitan Antony discussed "multiple issues on the agenda of the Orthodox-Catholic relationship, including in the context of the ongoing global political processes," it said.

At the conclusion of the lengthy meeting, Metropolitan Antony and Pope Francis exchanged memorable gifts, it said.