Pope Francis met with the Russian Patriarch Kirill in Cuba

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They also called for political leaders to take action because actually “In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa, entire families of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being exterminated, entire villages and cities.” Without doubts, the role  Cuba plays at this moment are supposed to be essential for the actual world: “If this continues, Cuba will become the capital of unity,” the Pope said.

The great encounter was however targeted by criticism. The Rev. Stefano Caprio, one of the first priests to arrive in Russia in 1989 to minister to the Catholic community and now a professor of Russian history and culture at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome concluded that it was “not an ecumenical encounter.” Cardinal Kurt Koch, the head of the Vatican office that deals with Orthodox relations, said the future significance of the meeting could not be overstated but admitted that “improved understanding between Rome and Moscow will certainly have positive effects on the theological dialogue.”

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