Bad could bear good. Repressions against Christian communities in the Middle East convinced Catholics and Orthodox to start a new attempt to overcome the thousand year old split of the two churches.
Rebels and their victims in Colombia stood together as Pope Frances led an open-air Mass. The pope called for reconciliation after decades of fighting between the government and left-wing Colombian rebels.
The meeting between Pope Francis and Russian-Orthodox Patriarch Kyrill in Cuba has been largely ignored by Protestant Christians in the US, despite its nearby location.
The guerilla group's commander-in-chief has accused paramilitary groups of undermining a peace process. The FARC leader called for a divine intervention to ensure peace would prevail in the predominantly Catholic nation.
The Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church have announced that Pope Francis would meet Moscow Patriarch Kirill for the first time. The two religious leaders are set to discuss the persecution of Christians.
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