In one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings between a Russian head of state and a pope, Vladimir Putin arrived at the Apostolic Palace this evening for an audience with Pope Francis.
During the meeting, which was said to have lasted roughly 35 minutes, the two men discussed several important areas of convergence between the Kremlin and the Holy See. These included peace in the Middle East and Syria as well as protection of life and the family.
Putin has been especially vocal on some of these issues recently, leading many to see him as a closer ally of the Church than many of his Western counterparts.
Following the meeting, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told...READ MORE