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Pope says willing to go to Moscow, talks about French Archbishop Updated: 2021-12-07 07:03:36 KST

Pope Francis said Monday that he's willing to go to Moscow to visit Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, which would mark the first ever trip by a pope to the Russian capital.

(Italian)
'It is on the horizon, in the not too distant future, a meeting with the Patriarch, Kirill. (CUT) But I am not sure. I am always available. I am also ready to go to Moscow."

Pope Francis and Kirill first met in Cuba in 2016, marking the first ever meeting between a pope and leader of the Russian Orthodox Church since the great schism that split Christianity into Eastern and Western Branches in 1054.
Despite expressing hope for a trip to the Russian capital, the pope would require an invitation from President Vladimir Putin.
The announcement of the potential trip is expected soon, including the time and location of the meeting.
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