‘Finally’: Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

February 13, 2016 12:34 AM

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HAVANA — With a hug and an exclamation of “Finally,” Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first ever meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism that has divided Christianity.

“We are brothers,” Francis said as he embraced Kirill in the small, wood-paneled VIP room of Havana’s airport, where the three-hour encounter took place.

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