15 February 2016, 10:01
Patriarch Kirill, Pope Francis sign joint declaration following historic meeting in Cuba
Havana, February 15, Interfax - The first ever meeting between a patriarch of Moscow and All Russia and a pope ended in Havana, Cuba, at about 4:30 p.m. local time Friday.
The meeting lasted for about two hours, and Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis signed a joint declaration upon its conclusion.
Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis conversed mostly behind closed doors, and the declaration signature ceremony took place in the presence of hundreds of journalists.
The patriarch has called his meeting with the pope a "brotherly discussion."
"We spent two hours in open brotherly discussions, with full understanding of the responsibility for our Churches, for our devout people, for the future Christianities and for the future of the human civilization," the patriarch said after the meeting in Havana.
On his turn, Pope Francis has said that he and Patriarch Kirill talked like brothers and that the meeting was blessed by the Holy Spirit.
"We share the same faith, and we were searching for the same path," the pope said after his meeting with the patriarch.
"We talked very frankly," the pope said. "I can reassure you that I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in this dialogue," he said.
He thanked the patriarch "for his humility and for his efforts that he made so that we could seek unity together," the pope said.