Russian Orthodox Church

Pope Francis & Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embrace in Havana, Reuters/Alejandro Ernesto/Pool
Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia embraced each other in Cuba yesterday, describing each other as ‘brothers’ and vowing to work together towards reconciliation, while recognising their differences. The statement signed by the Pope and the Patriarch acknowledged that obstacles and difficulties still remain between the Eastern and Western branches of the Catholic Church, but said their hope was that the meeting “may contribute to the re–establishment of...
Patriarch Kirill I of Moscow, Wikipedia Commons
Next Friday, an historic meeting will take place between Pope Francis - head of 1.2 billion Roman Catholics across the world - and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, whose flocks numbers 170 million. This will be the first encounter between the two leaders in almost 1,000 years and will take place in Cuba, regarded as neutral territory.Father Federico Lombardi SJ, director of the Holy See's press office, described the meeting as “an event of extraordinary importance”, since it will be...