Pope Francis came up with a proposal to hold a meeting with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus’ at one of the airports in Moscow. Leonid Sevastyanov, chairman of the World Union of Old Believers, spoke about the pontiff’s proposal, his words are quoted by TASS.
The interlocutor of the agency noted that the meeting could take place during the refueling of the aircraft before the pontiff’s flight to Mongolia. According to him, Domodedovo or Vnukovo airports may become the meeting place.“The Pope proposes, in order not to put it off, to meet with Patriarch Kirill at one of the airports in Moscow, at Domodedovo or Vnukovo, when he flies to Mongolia,” Sevastyanov said. He stressed that such an event would not cause opposition from people who have a negative attitude towards the possible arrival of Pope Francis in Russia, since the airport is considered a neutral and transit zone. The head of the World Union of Old Believers mentioned that if the proposal is accepted, then such a meeting could take place on August 31 on the way of the pontiff to Mongolia. “Or on the way back on September 4,” added the source of the publication. Earlier, Patriarch Kirill was concerned about the health of the arrested Metropolitan of the UOC Pavel.