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A brotherly embrace brings pope and Russian patriarch together
Friday, February 12, 2016

HAVANA (CNS) -- At long last, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow embraced, kissing each other three times.

"Finally," the pope told the patriarch Feb. 12 as they met in a lounge at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. "We are brothers," he told the patriarch.

Amid the clicking of cameras ...

Mexican prison riot leaves 52 dead on day before pope arrives
Thursday, February 11, 2016

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A prison riot in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey has claimed 52 lives, offering another example of the problems plaguing Mexico's prison system and casting a pall over the arrival of Pope Francis in the country.

Nuevo Leon Gov. Jaime Rodriguez Calderon confirmed the death toll Feb. ...

Pope, meeting Iraqi leader, urges work for reconciliation
Thursday, February 11, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Pope Francis expressed his hopes that Iraq and other war-torn countries would have leaders strong enough to bring once-divided peoples together.

"I wish for Iraqis and for all of us -- for the whole world -- leaders like this," the pope said ...

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