Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant

February 13, 2016 12:44 PM

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MOSCOW — Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.

The meeting in Havana, Cuba, on Friday between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill was the first between the two church’s leaders. Popes have previously met with other leaders of Orthodox churches; the two churches split about a millennium ago.

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