Pope Francis, Russian Orthodox patriarch to meet in Cuba

February 5, 2016 12:44 PM

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Pope Francis and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church will meet in Cuba next week in a first-ever encounter between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches since the Great Schism of 1054.

The pope and Patriarch Kirill plan to hold a "personal conversation" at Havana's José Martí International Airport on Feb. 12 that will conclude with the signing of a joint declaration.The patriarch will be on an official trip to Cuba and the pope will make the brief stop en route to Mexico, the chur...

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