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    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia meets with Pope Francis of Rome

    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Embrace at First Meeting in 1,000 Years

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    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis met in Havana, Cuba for a historic meeting between the two churches, pledging to come together for the future of Christianity.

    "We spent two hours in an open brotherly discussion, with full understanding of responsibility for our churches, for faithful people, for the future of Christianity and the future of the human civilization," Patriarch Kirill said. "It was a very constructive conversation that helped us understand each other and get a sense of each other’s positions."

    Following the meeting, Pope Francis said Patriarch Kirill was open and in the spirit of unity.

    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Meet in Havana
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    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Meet in Havana

    "We spoke as brothers, we have the same baptism, we are bishops, we spoke of our churches," he said.

    At the conclusion of their meeting, the two religious leaders signed a joint declaration which stated "We are not competitors but brothers, and this concept must guide our mutual actions as well as those directed to the outside world."

    The document also addressed the problems of capitalism.

    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Meet in Havana
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    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Meet in Havana

    "The unrelenting consumerism of some more developed countries is gradually depleting the resources of our planet. The growing inequality in the distribution of material goods increases the feeling of the injustice of the international order that has emerged."

    Both leaders expressed their concern over the decreasing significance of the traditional family, and stated their positions on euthanasia and abortion.

    "The emergence of so-called euthanasia leads elderly people and the disabled begin to feel that they are a burden on their families and on society in general," the statement reads. "We call on all to respect the inalienable right to life. Millions are denied the very right to be born into the world."

    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis agreed that Europe should remain true to its Christian roots.

    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Meet in Havana
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    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Meet in Havana

    "While remaining open to the contribution of other religions to our civilization, it is our conviction that Europe must remain faithful to its Christian roots," the document reads.

    "In affirming the foremost value of religious freedom, we give thanks to God for the current unprecedented renewal of the Christian faith in Russia, as well as in many other countries of Eastern Europe, formerly dominated for decades by atheist regimes. Today, the chains of militant atheism have been broken and in many places Christians can now freely confess their faith."

    The document also addresses the crisis in Ukraine.

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    Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis Meet in Havana

    "We deplore the hostility in Ukraine that has already caused many victims, inflicted innumerable wounds on peaceful inhabitants and thrown society into a deep economic and humanitarian crisis. We invite all the parts involved in the conflict to show prudence, to show social solidarity and show action aimed at constructing peace."

    With the Syrian conflict threatening to push the world to the brink of war, the document calls on all Christians to pray for peace.

    "We exhort all Christians and all believers of God to pray fervently to the providential Creator of the world to protect His creation from destruction and not permit a new world war."

    Friday’s meeting marks the first time that leaders of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches have met in nearly 1,000 years. The two broke apart over theological differences in 1054, officially separating in 1438.


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      "We exhort all Christians and all believers of God to pray fervently to the providential Creator of the world to protect His creation from destruction and not permit a new world war."….then they must be prepared to fulfill their part and open up to embracing Truth that has been hidden and is and will continue to surface.. move with love for all humanity….. plug in and commit to moving with Truth in your hearts
    • Drain the swamp
      But even together they didnt still have enough truth to call out the great satan like khomeini did 30-40 years ago.
    • avatar
      now that was a period of sanctions!
    • avatar
      Quietly, this is great news.
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      Today, the chains of militant atheism have been broken

      LOL. Which regime was it? The old farts are full of it. You can not label communist countries as militant atheists. 1) First of all, they were communist countries. 2) Then they were the rest of it. Atheism was not their priority. So, the old farts are full of it.
    • Mystic-One
      You are correct that not all communism is athiest. But those following Marxist-Lenninist ideology tend to adopt state Athiesm as witnessed below by Wikipedia under Marxism and religion:

      ".....a number of Marxist–Leninist governments in the twentieth century, such as the Soviet Union after Lenin and the People's Republic of China, implemented rules introducing state atheism."

      In this way the State becomes your god, systema your religion and the apparatchik your priests.
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