Pope Francis and the Russian Orthodox leader Patriarch Kirill called for an end to conflict and persecution of Christians across the Middle East. The appeal came in a Joint Declaration signed by the two parties after the two hour private conversation at the Havana airport.
The 30 paragraph long declaration described the heartfelt desire of both the Pope and the Patriarch to end the century long conflict and dispute between Moscow and Rome.
The Pope told the Patriarch when they met at Havana’s José Martí International Airport that they were brothers now. Patriarch Kirill in return told that “Things are easier now.” They had embraced and kissed three times.
In their meeting, both the parties had stressed their belief in the family and marriage. They pointed it as the foundation of society. They pointed the right to life for children in the womb and the elderly and the sick. Both the parties asked the young generation to profess the Christ and adopt those Gospel values in their lives.