Meeting of Pope Francis with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

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On the first day of his Apostolic Journey to Mexico this past February 12, a meeting was held in Havana, Cuba, between His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. After their meeting, they signed a joint declaration on the resumption of the dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. In his address after signing the declaration, Pope Francis said, "We speak as brothers, we have the same Baptism, we are Bishops. We speak of our Churches, and we agree that unity is achieved by walking forwards. We speak clearly, without ambiguity, and I must say I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in our conversation." Despite a shared tradition for the first 1,000 years, Catholics and Orthodox have been separated for more than 900 years.

Link to the joint declaration, to the address of Pope Francis, and to the address of Patriarch Kirill

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