Pope Francis should take a tough tone with Vladimir Putin, says US diplomat

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Pope Francis exchanges greetings with Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife, Joan, during a meeting with ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican on Jan. 13, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis exchanges greetings with Ken Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, and his wife, Joan, during a meeting with ambassadors to the Holy See at the Vatican on Jan. 13, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) On Vladimir Putin's actions in the Ukraine conflict, Kenneth F. Hackett, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, said: “Maybe this is an opportunity where the Holy Father privately can raise those concerns."

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  • JR

    I’m surprised that Putin is wiling to meet with Pope Francis. He must know the stance on world politics the Holy Father holds, so it is rather gutsy of him to present himself personally to the Pontiff. I’m curious what we will hear from the meeting.

  • With what leverage??

    Popes hitch their wagons to powerful dictators like Putin, Franco, Hitler, etc…
    Francis will do the same.

    History has shown repeatedly, the Vatican makes deals with dictators:

    Vatican Swears an Oath of Allegiance to Hitler
    From the Vatican agreement with Hitler 1933:

    Article 16

    “Bishops shall take THIS OATH OF ALLEGIANCE..before the Reichsstatthalter..:
    “I swear and promise before God and on the Holy Gospel my loyalty to the German Reich….
    I swear and promise to respect…In dutiful solicitude for the welfare and interest of the German State…to prevent any injury that might threaten it.”

    Article 30.

    “On Sundays and religious holidays, a prayer shall be offered up for the welfare of the German Reich”

    Francis fully cooperated with the Fascist Militarists in Argentina’s “Dirty War” when he headed the Jesuits there in the 1970s.
    His hands are bloody – Putin is small potatoes for Francis.

  • Betty Clermont

    Well said, Atheist Max! Bravo!