Francis and Kirill embraced and kissed one another. On this sunny day, they met for the first time ever at the entrance to a room with dark wood panelling in Havana airport. The meeting took place a long way from Europe and its divisins, on an island that is both a crossroads and a symbol.

 “Hermano, hermano, brother, brother, somos hermanos (we are brothers Ed.) ,” Francis said to Kirill, “finally!” The Pope and the Patriarch sat in two big white upholstered armchairs, the scene dominated by a wooden crucifix. “Now things are easier,” Kirill said. “It is clearer now that this is God’s will,” the Pope said.

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