The Kiss That Took A Thousand Years
HAVANA, Cuba — Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill kissed each other and sat down together for the first meeting between two branches of the Church divided since 1054 A.D. — almost 1,000 years ago.
ope Francis (above right) meets for the first time with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, in Havana on .
Francis, 79, in white robes and a skullcap and Kirill, 69, in black robes and a white headdress, then exchanged kisses and embraced.
They then sat down smiling for the historic meeting this afternoon at the Havana airport.