Pope Francis, Russian Patriach Call for Christian Unity in Historic Meeting

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Bulgaria: Pope Francis, Russian Patriach Call for Christian Unity in Historic Meeting Pope Francis (L) hugs Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill (R) at the Jose Marti Airport in Havana, Cuba, 12 February 2016. Photo: EPA

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriach Kirill called for restoring Christian unity and preserving the traditions of Christianity in a historic meeting held in Cuba on Friday.

This was the first meeting between a pope and the head of the Russian church since the Great Schism of 1054, which resulted in the split of the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.

In a joint declaration, they called on the world to protect Christians from persecution in the Middle East.

At the start of their meeting, the two religious leaders embraced and exchanged kisses.

At a news conference after the meeting, they described the talks as “open”, “brotherly” and “sincere”.

In a declaration, they urged the international community to end violence and terrorism, restore civil peace and provide humanitarian aid to refugees.

The religious leaders hope that their meeting will inspire Christians to pray for full unity of the churches.

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#5
Rurik - 14 Feb 2016 // 17:35:59

"Catholic church is independent from any nation, holding its own hierarchy. But one cannot say the same about the orthodox churches which are autocephalic by nature thus being prone to political influence” ------the IDIOCY of this
"Wise Pearl" is merely Unlimited. I'd call it Wisdomiocy ;). Learn History, people.

#4
Ivailo Ivanov - 14 Feb 2016 // 10:33:00

about 16% of the Ukrainians determined themselves as Catholics.

#3
Warfou - 14 Feb 2016 // 02:38:42

Catholic church is independent from any nation, holding its own hierarchy. But one cannot say the same about the orthodox churches which are autocephalic by nature thus being prone to political influence. Nevertheless, joint risks should help to cooperate. Besides, Ukraine is not catholic, it is, and always was, only orthodox. The difference is that eastern Ukraine respects the Moscow patriarch, and the western - catholic Pope. This fine solutions was introduced by Poles in 16 century to keep Ukraine bound to western Europe while not infringing upon their orthodox tradition and doctrine.

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Ivailo Ivanov - 13 Feb 2016 // 18:30:38

When a Muslim Turkish extremist from the Gray Wolves shot the polish Pope the Vatican fount it convenient to blame the Bulgarians for the assassination attempt.. and now the french president is making statements about the Russians politics and the international jihad suitable for a political porno star.. no no in my opinion in the next 40 years the Vatican will have to evacuate to Latin America.. here on this continents they are don and no one will regret for them..

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Ivailo Ivanov - 13 Feb 2016 // 18:22:07

Catholic bishops blessed in ceremonies the right wing paramilitaries that were send to fight the orthodox Christians of eastern Ukraine. Where was the pope than?? No Cristian unity is not possible.. much more have to be don than just meetings of the pope and patriarch.

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