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Pope Francis receives Russian President, Vladimir Putin

On Monday afternoon Pope Francis received in audience the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin. A communique released after the meeting said the two discussed bilateral relations with a focus on the life of the Catholic community in Russia and the church’s contribution to society. Mention was made of the critical situation faced by Christians in some regions of the world, as well as the defence and promotion of values regarding the dignity of the person, and the protection of human life and the family. The two also discussed the situation in the Middle East, especially the need for peace in Syria through a negotiated solution involving the various ethnic and religious groups in the country. They called for an end to hostilities and for the opening of corridors so that humanitarian assistance can reach the Syrian population. The war in Syrian began two years ago as part of the so called Arab spring. Rebels, assisted by Britain, France and the United States, want to overthrow President Bashar Assad but his government backed by Russia continues to resist. Mr. Putin and the US administration are organising in January next year a peace conference between rebels and the government.


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