One is recognized as a humble leader who cares for the poor and has kissed the feet of peasants
The other has been plagued by scandal and become an object of ridicule because of his luxurious lifestyle, which includes an apparent penchant for pricey ski vacations in Switzerland.
Both are religious leaders
Next Friday, Feb. 12, Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill I, the head of the powerful Russian Orthodox Church, will hold a historic meeting in Cuba, church officials from both sides said Friday
The face-to-face will be the first between a pope and the Russian patriarch since the eastern and western branches of Christianity separated almost 1,000 years ago in what is known as “The Great Schism.” Read more…