(Independent) Historic meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox head ‘getting closer’

Posted by Kendall Harmon

An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on 28 June.

The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054.

"Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper.

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Posted June 30, 2015 at 8:15 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Ad Orientem wrote:

These reports appear at least every six months or so. Don’t hold your breath.

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