ALEXIUS II’S FUMERAL: MGR PAGLIA, "A TOUCHING ATMOSPHERE" (2)

"The final kiss," continued Bishop Paglia, "has been particularly touching, when all the Metropolitans got close to the body and kissed the Patriarch’s face covered by a shroud. Another touching moment has been when Metropolitan Kirill invited all Catholic Cardinals and Bishops to do the same." At the end of the ceremony, a long funeral cortege is accompanying, under a pouring rain, the body of the Patriarch to the Epiphany Cathedral where Alexius II wished to be buried. "After the burial, we will all go back to Christ the Saviour Cathedral for a moment of fraternal agape." ” “

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