Patriarch Pimen of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, visited Jerusalem on Thursday (May 18) during his tour of Soviet churches in the Middle East.
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SV & PAN Pimen out of car, greeted (4 shots)
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LV & SV Procession through streets (4 shots)
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Background: Patriarch Pimen of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, visited Jerusalem on Thursday (May 18) during his tour of Soviet churches in the Middle East. He had landed at Lod Airport the previous day in a Soviet Government airliner--becoming the first Russian dignitary to visit Israel since Moscow broke off diplomatic relations after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
The Patriarch was accompanied by 16 churchmen and interpreters, and his visit to Jerusalem was the last stage of his tour--which had taken him to Russian Orthodox Churches in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Bulgaria. He was scheduled to conduct several church services in the Holy City, and to hold meetings with Israeli leaders including the Minister for Religious Affairs, Dr. Zerah Warhaftig.