Pope Francis to have historic meeting with Russian Patriarch in Cuba

AFP , Friday 5 Feb 2016

Pope Francis
Pope Francis arrives to meet Zambia's President Edgar Lungu during a private audience at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 (AP)

Pope Francis will meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill in Cuba next week in a historic first meeting between the heads of the two largest Christian churches, the Vatican announced Friday.

The meeting, the first of its kind since a schism in the 11th Century, will take place in Havana on February 12. Pope Francis will stop over in Cuba on his way to a previously scheduled visit to Mexico while Kirill is due on the island for an official visit.

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