Putin may benefit from Cuba meeting of pope and patriarch

February 13, 2016
Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. As troops loyal to Russian President Vladimir Putin were seizing control of Crimea, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow deduced that an "internal political crisis" in Ukraine was threatening its territorial integrity. Picture taken February 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev/Ria Novosti/Kremlin/Files (RUSSIA  - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION)  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3G5T6

(Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) and Patriarch Kirill arrive for the meeting with Russian Orthodox church bishops in Moscow February 1, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Gunyeev)

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba

February 13, 2016
Pope Francis (R) looks at Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their meeting in Havana, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY          - RTX26PAM

(Pope Francis (R) looks at Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill during their meeting in Havana, February 12, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Critic of Vatican refuses to step down from Catholic sex abuse commission

February 9, 2016
Peter Saunders talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Peter Saunders talks during a news conference in Rome, Italy February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill to hold historic meeting in Cuba

February 5, 2016
Pope Francis holds a skullcap given to him by a faithful as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis holds a skullcap given to him as he arrives to lead the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Body of mystic Catholic monk in crystal coffin goes on the road for Holy Year

February 3, 2016
The exhumed body of the mystic saint Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre 40 years after his death, in the crypt of Santa Maria delle Grazie in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy in this April 24, 2008 file photo.   REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/Files

(The exhumed body of the mystic saint Padre Pio lies in a glass sepulchre 40 years after his death in this April 24, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Pope Francis is not an actor, says Vatican on movie debut reports

February 2, 2016
Pope Francis leaves after leading the weekly audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis leaves after leading the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis expected to visit Auschwitz during trip to Poland in July

January 31, 2016
Pope Francis speaks during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

(Pope Francis speaks during the weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis overturns tradition to allow women in Lenten foot-washing rite

January 21, 2016
Pope Francis kisses a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during a Holy Thursday celebration, in this April 17, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile/Files

(Pope Francis washes a foot of a disabled person at the S. Maria della Provvidenza church in Rome, during a Holy Thursday celebration, in this April 17, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Tony Gentile)

Pope Francis visits Rome synagogue, condemns violence in name of religion

January 18, 2016
Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome's Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis listens to the speech of chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni during his visit at Rome’s Great Synagogue, Italy January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Media should give more space to good news, Pope Francis says after grim year

January 4, 2016
Pope Francis leads the First Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Max Rossi

(Pope Francis leads vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)