Latin America & Caribbean

Russian patriarch prays at Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (C) visits Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Patriarch Kirill said that a reunification of Catholic and Orthodox churches would be a miracle

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, has prayed in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

His tour of Latin America began last week, with a historic meeting with Pope Francis in Cuba.

He arrived in Brazil after visiting Paraguay and a Russian scientific base in the Antarctica.

From Rio, he travelled to Sao Paulo and held mass at a Russian Orthodox church, in the last stop of his visit.

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Image caption Patriarch Kirill has been the head of the Russian Orthodox Church since February 2009
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Image caption The statue lies on top of the Corcovado mountain, with panoramic views of the city
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Image caption Other Russian Orthodox priests joined the Patriarch at a religious ceremony
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Image caption Russian Orthodox symbols were displayed at the foot of the Christ statue

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