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On 13 December 2019, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations (DECR), met with the Roman Catholic Archbishop Michele Pennisi of Monreale, Italy.

They were joined at the meeting by Rev. Nicola Gaglio, rector of Santa Maria la Nuova; Ms. Giovanna Parravicini representing Fondazione Russia Christiana; and Mr. Jean-François Thiry, president of the ‘Pokrovskie Vorota’ Cultural Centre.

The sides discussed topics of mutual interest.

Archbishop Pennisi arrived in Russia to attend presentation of the album-calendar for 2020 ‘Mosaics of Monreale’ at the ‘Pokrovskie Vorota’ Cultural Centre.