Pope Francis, head of Russian Orthodox Church to have historic meeting

February 5, 2016 12:03 PM

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Pope Francis, head of Russian Orthodox Church to have historic meeting

Pope Francis will meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kyril, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, announced Friday.

It will be the first meeting between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches in history, since the split between Eastern and Western Christianity nearly 1,000 years ago.

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