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Cuba and the Russian Orthodox Church share values ​​and a longing for justice

canel patriarcaShortly before leaving for Havana on a morning of fine snow, the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, met with His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and all of Russia. “We’re heading back,” he said in a warm greeting, “but could not leave the city without first visiting you.”

After touring the impressive Cathedral of Christ the Savior, one of the largest in the world, Díaz-Canel arrived at Danilov Monastery, the Patriarch’s residence, where Kirill greeted him warmly.

We always have issues to share, said His Holiness, who began his words with an expression of satisfaction for the transformations taking place in Cuba, including the new Constitution that, he said, opens possibilities to develop the economy and a solid system of government.

President Díaz-Canel commented that he considered Kirill a cultured, humanistic person, saying, “Being able to talk with you is always an opportunity to learn.” In addition, he said, I bring a special greeting to you from Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, who often recalls the meetings the two held.


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