Visit of Russian Orthodox Church head to Poland promises improvement of Polish-Russian relations

The official visit by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the largely Catholic Poland that began on Thursday raises hopes for a opening a new chapter in the strained Polish-Russian relations.

“I hope that my Polish visit will be a modest contribution to improving relations between Poland and the countries where the Russian Orthodox Church is present”, Patriarch Kirill said during a welcome ceremony at Warsaw’s airport, adding that this was the first ever visit paid by the Patriarch of Moscow to Poland.

Today, Kyrill I and the head of the Conference of the Polish Episcopate Jozef Michalik will sign a historic address to both nations seeking reconciliation between the longtime foes and mutual forgiveness of past harms, injustice and all evil done by them.

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(Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, photo by spbpda/