The Patriarch of Africa arrived in Moscow on 1030-Christening and called for unity

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Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, Theodoros II arrived Thursday in Moscow for participation in celebrations on the occasion of the 1030-th anniversary of the baptism of Rus, in his speech at the airport he called the Orthodox «to preserve the unity, to bear their testimony.»

At the Moscow airport «Domodedovo» the head of the Church of Alexandria was met by the representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate, including the Chairman of his Department for external Church relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Speaking to reporters at the airport, Theodoros II said repeatedly visited Moscow and glad to come here to participate in the celebrations in honor of the baptism of Rus — «great events that happened through the Holy equal to the apostles Prince Vladimir». According to the Primate, his presence in Moscow should «to show that we’re together, next to his Holiness Patriarch Kirill and the entire Russian Orthodox Church.»

«We are one Orthodox family, and over time it becomes clear that Orthodoxy is becoming stronger that it can convey their message to the world. Faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church numbering millions, and we in Africa are going through, may say, the Apostolic age of the Church and preach the gospel to those people who did not know Christ. Together, we are one Orthodox family and has to maintain unity, to bear their testimony,» – said the Patriarch of Alexandria, the canonical territory of which covers the whole Africa.

For the celebrations to 1030 anniversary of the baptism of Russia in Moscow will come representatives of ten local Orthodox churches. The holiday is celebrated in day of memory of Holy Prince Vladimir (July 28). In the capital of the patriarchs Cyril and Theodore II will make a Liturgy at the Cathedral square of the Kremlin and will lead the procession to the monument to Prince Vladimir on Borovitskaya square.