Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, the head of the Department of External Church Relations, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Oct. 21.
At the beginning of the meeting, "Pope Francis thanked Metropolitan Hilarion for greetings he brought to the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church and conveyed his best wishes to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia," the press service for the Department of External Church Relations has reported.
"Discussed were topics on the agenda of bilateral relations of the Roman Catholic Church and the Moscow Patriarchate, as well as the situation in the Middle East, where Christians have been persecuted by the terrorist groups. Gifts were exchanged," the report says.
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