Pope lands in Cuba for historic meeting with Russian patriarch

Havana (AFP) –


Pope Francis landed in Cuba Friday to meet with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the first such encounter since the two branches of Christianity split a millennium ago.

The 79-year-old pontiff, in his white robes, stepped off an Alitalia plane and shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro on the tarmac at Jose Marti airport, where he was then due to sit down with the Russian Patriarch Kirill.