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Brazil: Patriarch Kirill holds service beneath Christ the Redeemer01:32

Brazil: Patriarch Kirill holds service beneath Christ the Redeemer

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
February 20, 2016 at 19:01 GMT +00:00 · Published

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia held a service at the bottom of Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer on Saturday. During the service he prayed for persecuted Christians around the world.

Speaking after the service, Patriarch Kirill wished all those who had gathered there, “renovation of faith” and “the ability to act in sympathy with each other.”

Patriarch Kirill arrived in Brazil on Friday morning for a three-day visit as part of his tour of Latin America. Earlier in his tour, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church met Pope Francis in Cuba. It was the first meeting of between leaders of the two denominations of Christianity in over a millennium.

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Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia held a service at the bottom of Rio de Janeiro's famous Christ the Redeemer on Saturday. During the service he prayed for persecuted Christians around the world.

Speaking after the service, Patriarch Kirill wished all those who had gathered there, “renovation of faith” and “the ability to act in sympathy with each other.”

Patriarch Kirill arrived in Brazil on Friday morning for a three-day visit as part of his tour of Latin America. Earlier in his tour, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church met Pope Francis in Cuba. It was the first meeting of between leaders of the two denominations of Christianity in over a millennium.

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