After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba




 
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After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
 
February 13th, 2016  
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After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba
By Philip Pullella and Daniel Trotta HAVANA (Reuters) - Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport terminal in Cuba was the first ever between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. "In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated," they said in a joint declaration in apparent reference to violence by militant groups like Islamic State.




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