Pope hopes to end 1,000-rift during 'historic' meeting with Russian Orthodox leader

February 12, 2016 1:22 PM

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Pope Francis meets with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church today – marking a historic step to heal the 1,000-year schism that split Christianity.

Francis and Patriarch Kirill – two clerics who could not be more different in style – surprised many when both churches announced last Friday that they would meet at the Havana airport in Cuba.

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