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A Most Orthodox Visit

Bali Receives Historic First Visit from Ranking Official of the Russian Orthodox Church.

(12/29/2003) Amidst the busy preparation for Christmas, Melia Bali Villas & Spa Resort were paid a visit by a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church led by the Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kalingrad.

Metropolitan Kirill serves as the Chairman of External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, serving a role of maintaining relations with overseas Orthodox Christians and other religious groups. During his Indonesian trip, the Metropolitan Kirill stopped in Jakarta to consecrate the Country's first Christian Orthodox Church in Jakarta with a congregation of some 100 followers.

During his Bali visit the Metropolitan Kirill held meetings with the local Bali Government to discuss means by which the Christian Orthodox Ministry can be extended to the growing number of Russian Tourist visiting Bali.