ASUNCION (Sputnik) — The visit of the Russian Orthodox Church head to Latin America began on February 11 and will last until February 22. The Paraguayan capital, Asuncion, is home to many Russian compatriots, predominantly the descendants of the officers of the tsarist army, who massively immigrated to Paraguay after the revolution of 1917 and the subsequent civil war in Russia.
The program of the patriarch's Latin American trip includes a visit to Cuba, Paraguay and Brazil. On Friday, Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis held a historic meeting in Havana. The Patriarch also met with the Cuban leaders, Raul and Fidel Castro.