Confirmed: Putin to meet with Pope Francis
November 07, 2013
The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month.
The meeting will take place on November 25, although details are not yet in place and an exact time has not been set.
Putin has sought to establish himself as a defender of Christianity, both in Russia and in nations where the faith is under attack, notably in the Middle East. The Russian leader has also played an active role in negotiations to avoid escalation of the war in Syria. Both subjects are likely to figure prominently in Putin’s conversation with the Pontiff.
Posted by: geoffreysmith1 -
Nov. 08, 2013 3:02 PM ET USA
"Putin as the "savior of Christians" is bizarre." No more bizarre than Obama as the savior of America. Putin is certainly more credible than Obama in their chosen roles.
Posted by: jacquebquique5708 -
Nov. 08, 2013 12:24 PM ET USA
This is a strange string of events. Putin as the "savior of Christians" is bizarre.