Saturday, February 20, 2016

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

Source: Reuters

Pope Francis (L) and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill hug each other after signing agreements in Havana, February 12, 2016. (Reuters/Alejandro Ernesto)

HAVANA | By Philip Pullella and Daniel Trotta | Sat Feb 13, 2016 8:18am EST

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East.

Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport terminal in Cuba was the first ever between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch.

"In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated," they said in a joint declaration in apparent reference to violence by militant groups such as Islamic State.

"Their churches are being barbarously ravaged and looted, their sacred objects profaned, their monuments destroyed."

They also said large-scale humanitarian aid was required to tend to refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq, lamenting the "massive exodus of Christians."

Cuban President Raul Castro stood to the side during the ceremony, enjoying another moment in the international limelight after receiving Francis last year and restoring diplomatic relations with the United States recently, meeting President Barack Obama in Panama in April.

Cuba is also sponsoring peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist rebels seeking to end a 50-year war.

"If it continues this way, Cuba will be the capital of unity," Francis said.

"Now what's left is Colombia," Castro told reporters after the pope boarded his plane for Mexico, where Francis arrived on Friday evening for a five-day visit to some of the poorest and most violent corners of the country.

Dissidents in Cuba's one-party political system have remarked on the government's willingness to promote dialogue for foreigners while dismissing political opponents as mercenaries doing the bidding of the United States.


The two religious leaders, guests of a Communist government, came together only a week after the encounter was announced. Such a meeting had eluded their predecessor, but Francis had issued a standing invitation to meet anytime, anywhere.

The moment came while Kirill was visiting the Caribbean island and Francis added a brief stop on his way from Rome to a long-scheduled visit to Mexico.

"Finally," Francis said as he and Kirill entered through doors on opposite sides of a room at Havana airport. "We are brothers."

Francis, dressed in white with a skullcap, and Kirill, wearing a tall, domed hat that dangled a white stole over black robes, joined arms and kissed on both cheeks.

"It is very clear that this is the will of God," Francis said.

Their meeting carried political overtones, coming at a time of Russian disagreements with the West over Syria and Ukraine.

The Russian Orthodox Church is closely aligned with the Kremlin, which is in turn an ally of Cuba.

The Argentine pontiff helped the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba after more than five decades of estrangement.

The pope, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, is seeking to repair a much longer rupture. Eastern Orthodoxy split with Rome in 1054.

The declaration called for Europe to remain faithful to its Christian roots and restated several traditional Christian teachings such as opposition to abortion and marriage being reserved for a man and a woman.

The Russian Orthodox Church takes a stronger stand on these issues in public than Pope Francis, who supports these teachings but often speaks of other issues such as poverty and protecting the environment, which were also mentioned in the text.

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta and Philip Pullella; Additional reporting by Tom Heneghan; Editing by Andrew Hay, Alistair Bell, Toni Reinhold)

Pope Francis wears a sombrero hat he received as a gift by a Mexican journalist aboard an airplane to Havana, February 12, 2016. (Reuters/Alessandro Di Meo) 

Cuba's President Raul Castro walks with Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, after his arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, February 11, 2016. (Reuters)


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  1. are these guys the oldest mafia dons? all the info from everywhere on the internet is very confusing to try to figure out unless you're in the know. wish so much of this stuff wasn't presented in "code" talk and would just be plain speak! way too many players at this time in history. some say we're at the end, others say there's et here, others say govt gone rogue. regular people like me are just trying to live their life and make sense of what they're seeing around them. Lies, lies and more lies it seems. anyone who speaks plainly would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Whoever does know her on the planet hopefully will not wind up destroying the place. More of the same stuff. They put out some news, you wonder what the hell it means and cannot actually find out. Cute. Vicars are a go between. The tell people who are in fact a part of Gods body and all things because there is only god and all things are god that only they know god and it "he" is a man they have contact with and the only way you can even get hold of god if you are really a good kid. Wanna get sticks in you christmas sock? Why do so many people know the song Santa Claus is Coming to Town? He She The divine personality is us. Wake the heck up. You are supposed to be like god and take examples of nature and the beauty and right things of life and be what you are. It is your choice as you are created to be free and must know yourself and choose. if you choose to be bad and a Pfer or dirt bag or whatever you can. You are your own priest and god is within you so why think a separate god lives in a castle somewhere far away like the North Pole? This concept of a distant God separate is great for leaders who counterfeit the idea all the time.

  3. Creepy people if ever i saw them , running around dressed up like some kind of demigods in 2016 , go back to the dark ages i say and take the pedo skanks with you . pure evil .

  4. They have never paid taxes in their lives , live like kings off the loot of the poor , if they sold their riches their would be no poor , next they will be telling us virgins can have children ...which is impossible . The biggest charlotons in history . Brothers and sisters line tells the story of their communist beliefs straight out of Tavistock . gIVEN THE HORROR THEY INFLICTED ON THE WORLD IN THE DARK AGES AND EVEN NOW THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN LOCKED UP YRS AGO , BURNING AT THE STAKE IS CHRISTIAN . It all goes back to Transalvania in the 1400's where the churches taxed people to death . It is where transhumanism was born the idea of human robots serving the catholic church . Know them by what they have done not by what they say, and they are still living large praying on the dumbfounded and ignorant. The truest words ever spoken =The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
    Belief in god is bound up with submission to autocracy. The two rise and fall together, and men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
    Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.

    Denis Diderot

    L'Encyclopédie (1751 - 1766) The encyclopedia was the greatest enemy of religion .

  5. effen monkeys..Fat, bald slobs with stolen money and wrinkled, little bitty dickks..pigs, pathetic MF..what an evil-filthy world..HE must be coming 4 us soon..The whole world is a circus side show daily..God help us..

  6. Gawd ,next thing they will be humping in public , sickening

    ...AND next up as the world marches on to a one-world religion.


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