ASIA/SYRIA - Assad invites a "high-level delegation'' of the Patriarchate of Moscow to Damascus

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 ecumenicalism

Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - Syrian President Bashar al Assad has invited a ''high-level delegation'' of the Russian Orthodox Church to visit Syria, at a time when the Syrian government army seems to have reversed the destiny of the conflict with militias jihadist rebels, returning to recover large areas of the country thanks to military support received from Moscow. The news of the official invitation was broadcast by Russian agencies, which report some statements of Igumen Aesenij, personal representative of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch, who yesterday was received in audience by the Syrian President.
Patriarch Kirill, also accompanied by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, had already been received by President Assad in Damascus on November 13, 2011. During that meeting, Assad had praised Syria as "an example of peaceful coexistence of different religious communities". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 13/04/2016)