Pope, Russian patriarch to talk about persecution of Christians

Pope Francis arrives to meet Zambia's President Edgar Lungu during a private audience at the Vatican, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (Alberto Pizzoli/Pool Photo via AP)

The patriarch of Russia’s Orthodox Church will take part in an historic first meeting with the Roman Catholic pontiff on Feb. 12 because of the need for a joint response to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Orthodox Church said. Senior Orthodox cleric Metropolitan Hilarion said that long-standing differences between the two churches remain, most notably a row over the status of the Uniate Church, in Ukraine. “The situation shaping up today in the Middle East, in North and Central Africa, and in some other regions where extremists are carrying out a genuine genocide of the Christian population, demands urgent measures and an even closer cooperation between the Christian churches,” Hilarion said.

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