Pope and Patriarch hold historic meeting in Havana

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HAVANA, CUBA – Fidel Castro’s baby brother Raul is getting up close and personal with god this weekend.

Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, and Patriarch Krill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, are meeting in Havana.

This is the first meeting between the two religious leaders, and the first meeting between the heads of their churches in God knows how long, nearly a thousand years.

Both the pope and the patriarch say the wars in the Middle East and the persecution of Christians there are pushing them together.

ISIS and other terrorists in the region have destroyed Christian holy sites, often on purpose.

And ISIS has singled out Christians of all denominations for brutal execution, like this group of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt, murdered last year in Libya.

The Vatican has not condemned Russian air strikes on Syrian rebels, unlike some western countries.

Some experts say closer ties between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox makes good political sense, at least for the Kremlin.

The pope’s next stop is Mexico, where folks at the prison is Ciudad Juarez are sprucing up the place in preparation for the pontiff’s visit.

The pope will spend five days in Mexico meeting with various groups, and possibly folks passing through on their way to America.