Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed by bishop Georg Ganswein as he arrives for a private audience with Pope Francis, in Vatican City on June 10, 2015. The United States urged the Vatican on Wednesday to criticise Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict more forcefully, hours before Pope Francis was due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived more than an hour late at the Vatican on Wednesday (June 10) to meet Pope Francis, with pressure mounting on the pontiff to take a hard line on Moscow’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict.