Patriarch Kirill told about the meeting with the Pope

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka the opening of the Synod of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Patriarchal enthronement of Saint Tikhon of Moscow. Archival photoPatriarch Kirill told about the meeting with the Pope© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the Council of bishops of the Russian Church noted some progress after his historic meeting with the Pope in Cuba in 2016, in particular, the emergence of the term «genocide of Christians».

«The main reason for organizing the meeting in Cuba was a tragic situation faced by Christians in the middle East and North Africa», — said the Patriarch. According to him, it was after the signing of the joint statement of the primates of the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches persecution of Christians in the world became known for what it is — «genocide».

«The important place in which we signed with the Pope the joint Declaration is a call to active peacemaking and social solidarity in Ukraine. And the Russian Orthodox Church and the Holy see has repeatedly stressed that the only way to solve the Ukrainian conflict is the implementation of the Minsk agreements,» continued the Primate.

In his opinion, the statement that the Union is not a means for achieving unity between the churches, and that Orthodox-Catholic relations unacceptable proselytizing in any kind, was «an important prerequisite for the achievement of interconfessional accord in Ukraine.» «For the first time in the history of this assessment of the Unia and proselytism have been made not only from the Orthodox side, but also from the head of the Roman Catholic Church,» said the Patriarch, a text broadcast of the speech on which the Church portal «Parishes»

In addition, one outcome of the meeting of Patriarch Kirill with Pope was the visit to the Russian Orthodox Church the relics of St. Nicholas this summer. The Shrine was worshipped by several million people, said the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.