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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, center, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, speak on a roof overlooking the Kremlin in Moscow (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

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Vladimir Putin, Patriarch Kirill and Metropolitan Hilarion visit Mount Athos last month (AP)

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill conducts the Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow, Russia (AP)

The scholars said the council is ‘an opportunity to commence a new phase of Orthodox witness’

Pope Francis pictured at yesterday's Jubilee for the sick and persons with disabilities (AP)

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Pope Francis and Orthodox Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Francis believes the moment is ‘supremely important’ for Christian witness, says Bishop Farrell

A painting of Mary and the Christ Child is is seen in 2014 at the damaged St Thecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

Project is the ‘first concrete outcome’ of the Pope’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill

Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill at Jose Marti International airport in Havana (AP)

First meeting of a pope and Russian patriarch takes place in Havana

Patriarch Kirill arrives at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana on Thursday (AP)

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Patriarch Kirill will be trying to push Constantinople further into the shade (Photo: AP)

Francis is walking into a Russian minefield

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The meeting between the Pope and Patriarch Kirill is unprecedented, but the Russian Orthodox leader will come armed with his own political agenda