Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin met Aug. 23 with President Putin and Aug. 22 with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill.
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The major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church said it was ‘important to listen to the Holy Father and at the same time to be listened to by the Holy Father.’
Following their historic encounter, the Pope praised the Patriarch’s humility and deep desire for unity.
COMMENTARY: Today's meeting has the capacity to be decisive for the shape of world Christianity in the 21st century and beyond.
Following his historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, a Feb. 17 visit to the border city of Ciudad Juarez will be among the highlights of the ensuing six-day Mexican visit.