Russia’s Putin to visit Pope Francis at the Vatican on June 10 amid global tensions

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the presidential council for physical culture and sports at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with members of the presidential council for physical culture and sports at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 2, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-PUTIN-POPE, originally transmitted on June 4, 2015.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Pope Francis on Wednesday (June 10), with pressure on the pontiff to speak up about the Kremlin’s role in the Ukraine conflict.

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  • Betty Clermont

    Pope Francis is so anxious for an alliance with the Russian Orthodox Church in “re-Christianizing” Europe (i.e. increasing Vatican hegemony) that he has made his pact with the Russian Church’s benefactor, Putin. In February 2015, the pope called on Catholic and Latin-rite Ukraine bishops to stay out of “political” debates. The pope positioned himself on Putin’s side in contrast to Obama as regards Syria. Although the massacre of civilians was ongoing since day one of his reign, Bergoglio held a peace rally in the fall of 2013 only after Obama proposed a limited air strike to deter further use of chemical weapons.

  • Greg1

    Well during a time when violence in this world is fomenting, any area of collaborative activity should be seen as s good thing. If Christianity in the middle east is going to survive the destructive onslaught of ISIS and other radical Islamist attacks, then it needs to begin to unify. We were one Christianity for the First Millennium, then during the Second Millennium we splintered into literally thousands and thousands of pieces. Let this Third Millennium be one where we become one Church again. And certainly there will be no Orthodox/Catholic reunion, unless the Russian Orthodox Church is on board.

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