Pope Meets Russian Orthodox Leader

Pope Francis on Friday greeted Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill with a hug and an exclamation of “finally,” thus ending an 1000-year schism between the two churches. “We are brothers,” Francis said as he met Kirill. “Now things are easier,” Kirill said. “This is the will of God,” Francis added. The meeting, which took place in Cuba, resulted in a 30-point statement in which the two heads of Christianity declared that they “are not competitors, but brothers.”