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Pope Francis made a historic deal in Cuba on his way to Mexico

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This guy is taking Mexico by storm. (Aleteia Image Partners/Flickr)

Pope Francis is making a big trip through Mexico during the next week, arriving in Mexico City today to what will likely be throngs of adoring fans.

He even donned a sombrero in preparation.

But first, he stopped in Cuba to talk to Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

It's a historic and controversial meeting--the first time a Russian patriarch and pope have met in more than 1,000 years. The pope hoped to get rid of some bad blood between the Catholicism and Russian Orthodoxy, which has been around since the Great Schism of 1054. And he did.

Not only did these two religious leaders meet for the first time in hundreds of years, they both signed a declaration of "religious unity." Francis just continues to impress.

When he's in Mexico, Francis will probably have a lot to say about drug cartels terrorizing the countries and will also head to the border in Ciudad Juarez (across from El Paso, Texas) to pray for those who died trying to cross it.

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Pope Francis made a historic deal in Cuba on his way to Mexico

Lily Altavena

Lily is currently a TV news producer in Dallas, Texas. Previously, she was a production assistant at MSNBC. She is also a recent NYU grad. She interned for Ann Curry’s team at NBC News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the education nonprofit She’s the First. Her interests range from politics to education to comedy. She is not actually a dinosaur. Follow: @lilyalta.

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