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Pope keen to visit Moscow to meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch

Both sides declared a willingness to work towards unity but they are still far apart theologically and over what role the supreme leader would play in reuniting Church
Pope Francis.

Reuters   |   Aboard the papal plane   |   Published 07.12.21, 02:11 AM

Pope Francis said on Monday he was willing to go to Moscow to meet Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill “brother to brother” in what would be the first trip by a pope to Russia.

 The pair’s meeting in Cuba in 2016 was the first by a pope and a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the great schism that split Christianity into eastern and western branches in 1054.

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 Both sides have declared a willingness to work towards unity but they are still far apart theologically and over what role the pope would play in an eventually reunited Church. “We are brothers and we talk straight to each other. We do not dance the minuet,” Francis told reporters aboard his plane.



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