Patriarch Kirill expresses “respect, fraternal love” to Pope Benedict XVI

Moscow, September 27, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed his respect towards Pope Benedict XVI.

“I am rejoicing at the opportunity to meet with you as the high representative of the Catholic Church and the Holy See in order to express my respect and fraternal love to His Holiness. I would like you to express these feelings on my behalf,” the Patriarch said at a meeting with Pope’s Personal Representative Cardinal Jozef Tomko in Moscow.

For his part, the Cardinal spoke of the spiritual revival in Russia.

“We see how cathedrals are being revived, this is a sign of the revival occurring within the believers. You, Your Holiness, are both the sign and the leader of this renewal and revival of the faith here,” he said.

The Cardinal delivered to the Patriarch the Pope’s cordial and fraternal greetings.

Tomko has arrived in Russia to attend the festivities on the occasion of the centenary anniversary of the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of the Holy Virgin Mary in Moscow.