Ahead of trip to Kazakhstan, Pope Francis meets with Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Anthony

CNA, AC Wimmer: The new head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations met with Pope Francis [on August 5].

It was the first visit of Metropolitan Anthony of Volokolamsk, who was appointed in June, to the Vatican.

No further details of the meeting were provided by the Holy See. According to a brief statement by the Moscow Patriarchate, the “lengthy conversation” dealt with “current issues concerning relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.” Report is here.