Russia’s Kirill continues Greek visit with trip to Mt Athos

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill visited the semi-autonomous monastic community of Mount Athos on Tuesday as he continued his seven-day visit to Greece.

Kirill is due to remain on the peninsula in northern Greece until Friday, when he will travel to Veria to visit “Apostle Paul’s Podium,” a monument at the spot where one of the earliest Christians is said to have preached to the local community in AD 49.

Kirill arrived in Greece on Saturday and held talks with President Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Monday.

The patriarch and Samaras reportedly discussed the possibility of Greece boosting its religious tourism sector.