Test Podcast – History Behind the News: Pope-Patriarch Havana Meeting

Special episode of History Behind the News: we slice through the media hyperbole with some historical context to the Pope-Patriarch meeting of February 12, 2016, in Havana, Cuba.

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill meet in Havana, Cuba, February 12, 2016

Show notes

In this special episode of History Behind the News, we attempt to slice through the media hyperbole by bringing you some historical context to the Pope-Patriarch meeting, which took place on February 12, 2016, in Havana, Cuba.

We’ll take a look at the origins of the Great Schism of 1054, the division of the original Christian Church along East-West lines, which resulted in the establishment of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches that we know today.

Also, we’ll run through the various attempts to heal this rift, focusing on the modern efforts to bring reconciliation to the two sides, so as to see the latest meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow with the long lens of history.

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Links for the Havana Meeting: 

BBC News story:


Official Vatican News Network:



Catholic News outlet analysis:


Orthodox Church of America story:


Wikipedia page on Havana Joint Declaration:


Music: Noble March, by Mjollnir, from AudioJungle.com

Map of the Eastern/Western allegiances in 1054. Source: Wikipedia, CC Public Domain

Author: Jordan

Host of the History News Show podcast