Pope and Russian Orthodox Leader Meet in Historic Step

February 13, 2016 1:34 AM

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Pope Francis met with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church in Havana, the first meeting of two such religious leaders since a split of Christianity in 1054.

HAVANA — Pope Francis on Friday became the first pontiff to ever meet a patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, as the two Christian leaders set aside centuries of division in a historic encounter that was held in an unlikely setting: a room at the Havana airport.

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