Havana, Cuba_ The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill and the Cuban president, Raul Castro held official talks, as part of the visit the Primate is carrying out to the Island, Prensa Latina reported.

During the meeting, Raul presented the visitor with the work Amanecer, from the authorship of visual art Alexis Leyva Kcho, representing an altarpiece with a golden boat in which travels the Russian Orthodox Church Cross.

On the other hand, Kirill gave Raúl an icon of Our Lady of Kazan, image in which honor was built a cathedral in the por Avenue in Havana.

The leader of the second largest Christian Church in the world paid a tribute to Jose Marti at the Revolution Square and he visited its installations and wrote in the visitors’ book.

Kirill, enthroned Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in 2009 and Pope Francis, first Bishop of Rome born in Latin America, will met at the Protocol Room in José Martí International Airport.

According to a statement from the Patriarchate of Moscow, the religious leaders will talk for three hours about the relations between the two churches, the international context, and the defense of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa in view of the persecution and genocide.

The Patriarch wishes happiness and welfare to the Cubans and remembered the historical ties between the Caribbean nation and Russia.

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