Russian church the absent player at pope-patriarch summit

Palestinian workers hang a banner bearing portraits of Palestinian Pope Francis (L), Authority president Mahmud Abbas (C), and Greek Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in front of the Church of Nativity, in the West Bank Town of Bethlehem, on May 14, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on May 20, 2014, on page 11.




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