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On 3 June 2013, after prayer service at the Cathedral of St. Gregory Palamas, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited the Metropolis of Thessaloniki, being accompanied by the members of the official delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki, Metropolitan Prokopios of Nea Krini and Kalamaria, and Metropolitan Nikodemos of Kassandreia.

They were met by the local clergymen and representatives of state authorities and public circles.

Metropolitan Anthimos presented His Holiness with a medal of the Metropolis of Thessaloniki issued for the centenary of the liberation of the city of Turks in 1912. Members of the delegation received the embroidered icons of St. Demetrios of Thessaloniki.