In Havana, began a meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope

In Havana, began the meeting of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill and Pope Francis.

At the meeting, which began at about 22:20 Moscow time, Cyril and Francis hugged and greeted each other. After that they pose in front of photographers and sat down next to each other in armchairs and started to talk.

According to sources Reuters in Vatican diplomatic circles, secret preparations for it were carried on for two years. In the end, the bout agreement in the Cuban capital was reached in the autumn of last year, but it has become aware of only February 12.

It was reported that the Central theme of the conversation of the heads of the two churches will be the persecution of Christians, the Patriarch and the Pontiff will discuss bilateral relations and international policy. As previously reported , a joint statement of the Pope and the Patriarch will be in its nature political and not theological.

The text has been agreed, reported in the ROC. The signing by the Patriarch Kirill and the Pope Declaration is tentatively scheduled at 00:30 GMT. As expected, the meeting will last two hours.