Pope heads for historic meeting with Russian Orthodox leader

February 12, 2016 3:22 PM

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ROME — Pope Francis was flying to Cuba on Friday for the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a historic development in the 1,000-year schism within Christianity, but one that may be more about Russia asserting itself than any new ecumenical progress.

Francis was to meet Patriarch Kirill for two hours during a brief stop in Havana’s Jose Marti airport en route to Mexico, where the pontiff will bring a message of solidarity with the victims of drug violence, human trafficking and discrimination to some of that country’s most violent and poverty-st...

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