Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia returned to Moscow at around 4 p.m. on Monday after his 12-day tour of Latin America.
During the tour, he visited Cuba where he had an historical meeting with the Pope, travelled to Paraguay, Chile and Brazil, and made the Church's first ever visit to Antarctica.
After the tour, the patriarch told reporters that on his flight to Antarctica he escaped a tragic end, when after taking off from Punto Arenas the cockpit window broke up into pieces and the pilots had to fly back, and the patriarchal delegation then had to fly on a different aircraft.
During the trip, the patriarch met with the leaders of the countries he visited, as well as the descendants of the Russians who emigrated to Latin America after the 1917 revolution.
On one of the last days of his visit, the leader of the Russian church performed a prayer service near the famous Jesus Christ statue in Rio de Janeiro.
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