Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba

The meeting seeks to bridge a nearly 1,000-year divide between East and West.

CHR Comment: Although popes have met with Orthodox patriarchs in the past, they have not met with the Russian Orthodox patriarch, which makes this brief, symbolic meeting significant. The article explores the historic lack of relations between the two church bodies and potential reasons for it (one might mention the long virtually physical separation in modern times caused by east-west divide in governance).

Source: Pope and Russian Orthodox leader to hold historic encounter in Cuba – The Washington Post

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