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In the evening of May 27, 2013, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in St. Petersburg.

They were met at Pulkovo airport by the Governor Georgy Poltavchenko; Governor of the Leningrad region Alexander Drozdenko; Metropolitan Vladimir of St. Petersburg and Lagoda; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Bishop Amvrosiy of Petergof, rector of the St. Petersburg theological schools; Bishop Ignatiy of Vyborg and Priozersk; chairman of the Synodal department for youth affairs, Bishop Markell of Tsarskoye Selo; Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administrative Secretariat; Bishop Nazariy of Kronstadt, abbot of the Laura of St. Alexander Nevsky; Bishop Mitrofan of Gatchina and Luga; and clergymen of St. Petersburg.