— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) February 12, 2016
— Ilya Petrenko (@ilpetrenko_rt) February 12, 2016
"I have big hopes for my upcoming meeting with Pope Francis," Kirill said earlier on Friday.
The two leaders are also expected to address the fate of Christians in the Middle East. The Russian Orthodox Church also expressed hope that both Kirill's and Francis' concerns over the persecution of Christians will be heard by world leaders.