Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill will meet in Havana
2016-02-05 08:35:30 / ACN
Pope Francis and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, will meet February 12 in Havana during a brief stop-over by the Holy Father in his route to an official visit t Mexico.
According to the Vatican, this will be the first time ever that heads of the Orthodox and Catholic churches will meet, which is considered a first step for a possible visit by Pope Francis to Russia.
Pope Francis and the Patriarch Kirill will hold a personal meeting at Havana´s Jose Marti International Airport and later they will sign a joint statement, the Vatican announced.
The meeting, which has been prepared for a long time, will become a milestone in bilateral relations between the two ecclesiastic institutions.
The Vatican announcement reads that the Holy See and the Russian Patriarchy expect that the meeting will become a signal of hope for all good-will people; for this reason, the Holy See invited all Christians to pray so that God blesses the encounter which will yield good fruits.
Joint press release of the Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow
The Holy See and the Patriarchate of Moscow are pleased to announce that, by the grace of God, His Holiness Pope Francis and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will meet on February 12.
Their meeting will take place in Cuba, where the Pope will make a stop on his way to Mexico, and where the Patriarch will be on an official visit. It will include a personal conversation at Havana’s José Martí International Airport, and will conclude with the signing of a joint declaration.
This meeting of the Primates of the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church, after a long preparation, will be the first in history and will mark an important stage in relations between the two Churches. The Holy See and the Moscow Patriarchate hope that it will also be a sign of hope for all people of good will. They invite all Christians to pray fervently for God to bless this meeting, that it may bear good fruits.
Cuba is honored to host meeting of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill
Cuba is honored to host the meeting of the heads of the Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church and will offer all conditions for the fulfilling of the historic encounter, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The meeting was announced early hours on Friday through a joint communique by the Holy See and Moscow’s Patriarchy, which explained that Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will meet February 12 in Havana.
According to the joint communiqué Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill will hold talks and sign a joint declaration at the Jose Marti International Airport, during a stop-over by the Pope in his route to Mexico.
Meanwhile the Patriarch will visit Cuba and other Latin American nations. The meeting, which has been prepared for a long time, is expected to become a milestone in bilateral relations between the Catholic and the Orthodox churches.