For the first time ever, a pope will meet with a patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Vatican has announced.
The meeting is aimed at improving ties between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church, which broke away in the year 1054.
The globe-trotting Pope Francis is scheduled to meet Patriarch Kirill in Havana on Feb. 12.
“The importance of this event is this is the first time the pope meets the patriarch — it is extremely important for ecumenism,” Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said at a news conference Friday.
The Orthodox Church split away nearly 1,000 years ago amid...