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Francis gives away a lot to the Russians in joint agreement

15 February 2016 | by Christopher Lamb in Rome

Sterner words on marriage but little is said on climate change in joint agreement

 
Pope Francis’ meeting with Patriarch Kirill was an historic moment and a step towards healing the long rift between western and eastern Christianity.  After years of talk about such an encounter credit must be given to Francis for making it finally happen. And the fact it took place in the “crossroads” country of Cuba, rather than in more traditional impartial countries such as Geneva or Vienna, is a sign that the Pope wants to encourage emerging places of influence in the world.  But reading the joint declaration released by the Pope and the Patriarch following their meeting, it is hard not to be left with the impression that Francis has given a lot to the Russian side.   One area where this stands out is on marriage. “We regret that other forms




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