HAVANA TIMES — Russian Orthodox Church Leader, Patriarch Kirill, paid a private visit on Saturday afternoon to the house of Fidel Castro in Havana.
Kirill is on a 4-day visit to the island where he met with Pope Francis on Friday to mend fences between their distanced church institutions and defend Christianity and peace. On Saturday he met with Cuban president Raul Castro.
During their meeting, Fidel praised Kirill’s “contribution to strengthening the friendship between the Russian and Cuban people and the promoting of values that unite them,” stated the official Cuban press.
In 2001, Fidel Castro authorized the building of a Russian Orthodox Church in Old Havana, which was opened in 2008.
The visit was Kirill’s fourth to Cuba.