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Putin, Pope Agree on Diplomacy for Syria

Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin (r) during Putin's private audience at the Vatican,  Nov. 25, 2013.
Pope Francis and Russian President Vladimir Putin (r) during Putin's private audience at the Vatican, Nov. 25, 2013.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis have agreed on the need for the end of violence and a diplomatic solution in Syria.

Putin held what the Vatican calls cordial discussions with the pope Monday in the Vatican.

Their talks focused on Syria, where Francis says peace talks should involve the various religious and ethnic groups and their role in Syrian society.

Putin also thanked Francis for the letter he sent directly to the Russian president for September's G20 meeting in St. Petersburg. In it, Francis appealed for a dignified way of life for all humans, saying the world economy cannot develop without such justice.

Pope Francis and Putin also exchanged gifts.  Putin brought personal greetings from the head of the Russian Orthodox church, but did not invite Francis to visit Moscow.

Ties between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic churches have been strained for centuries over long-simmering charges that the Vatican has tried to recruit followers from the Russian church - a charge it has always denied.

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by: Joel Guilherme Velten from: Domingos Martins - ES - B
November 27, 2013 7:25 PM
I never understood the difference between Catholic and Ortodox Churches.Did the Ortodoxes belong to the Catholic churche before?Do the Ortodoxes celebrate Xmas like the Catholic?I really would like to unedrstand it better. Please let me know. I thank you.


by: Miralo Conti from: Italy
November 26, 2013 11:49 AM
the Russian Orthodox Church is a den of corrupt lechers. I was born into the Catholic Faith. and I came to believe - after many years of study, that Latin would have been grievously offensive to Christ Our Lord. Christ loved His own language... Hebrew. He also spoke Aramaic the language of the "working classes" which is half Hebrew and half Greek. Helen and Jerusalem have a unique bond between them which is based of love of philosophy.


by: Stephanie from: California
November 26, 2013 2:44 AM
"Ties between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic churches have been strained for centuries over long-simmering charges that the Vatican has tried to recruit followers from the Russian church - a charge it has always denied."
No not quite why there is tension between the Orthodox Church and the Vatican.

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