Patriarch Kirill at the end of April, the first visit to Albania

© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Patriarch Kirill. Archive photoPatriarch Kirill at the end of April, the first visit to Albania© Photo : courtesy of the press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill for the first time will pay an official «peace» visit to Albania, will make a joint service with her Primate and to meet with the President of the country, told RIA Novosti the head of the Patriarchal press service Alexander Volkov priest.

About the upcoming visit to the country, the Patriarch said Tuesday at the annual Easter reception in the Ministry of foreign Affairs. It is expected that the visit of the first Hierarch will be held from 28 to 30 April.

«This is another visit on the list of visits by the Primate of the Russian Church of the fraternal local Churches after his election to the Patriarchal throne. This year he attends the Church-the Martyr – Albanian Church that has undergone much in the 20th century and was virtually destroyed. The Patriarch will make a solemn Liturgy with the head of the Albanian Church, Archbishop Anastassy, with its bishops, also will meet with the head of state and other high representatives of the government,» said the priest.

He added that the primates of the two Churches knew more than 50 years and carried their friendship through the decades.

Today the Orthodox account for about 7% of the population of Albania. The service is conducted in Albanian, Greek and Romanian, the country has a monastery of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Ardenica.

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