Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill has hopes that in the future will have the opportunity again to visit Ukraine, about it and he said at the opening session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Regular meeting of the governing body of the ROC on the first day of the week takes place in St. Petersburg, in a historical building of the Holy Synod. Opening the discussion, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church paid homage to the presence at the meeting, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Onufry recent Saint's Day and expressed regret that he was unable himself to come to congratulate him.
"Praying for you this day (June 25). Regretted not been able to be in Kiev, but very much hope that there will come a time when we will be together in the Kyiv cave monastery to pray, " said the head of the ROC, referring to the Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine.
The Patriarch handed over to Metropolitan Onufry of Panagia, dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the memory of St. Prince Vladimir, the Baptist of Russia (Panagia is a small image of the virgin, carried the Bishop on his chest on top of the clothing).
before the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church periodically visited Ukraine during the July celebrations on the occasion of the Baptism of Rus. However, in the past year, occurred in connection with the change of power in the country, this tradition was stopped.
The agenda of the Holy Synod traditionally not announced in advance, the main discussion is held in a closed format. Meeting in Petersburg are held several times a year, often they are held in the capital of Russia.