» 09/05/2013, 00.00
VATICAN - RUSSIA - SYRIA
Pope tells G20 leaders they "cannot remain indifferent", that they must push for negotiations in Syria
In a letter to Putin, who chairs the group's annual summit, Francis calls on world leaders "to lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution". Ambassadors accredited to the Vatican are told that dialogue and Syrian unity are key to resolving the conflict.
10/06/2015 RUSSIA - VATICAN
Ukraine and the Middle East focus of Putin’s second visit to Pope
The Russian leader returns to Vatican after two years; the Syrian crisis overtaken by Ukraine, Pope viewed by Moscow continues as a significant interlocutor in context of exacerbated tensions with the West. The defense of persecuted Christians around the world Federation’s weapon of "soft power".
10/06/2015 VATICAN – RUSSIA
Pope meets Putin, urges the pursuit of peace in the Ukraine and the Middle East
The private meeting between Francis and the Russian president lasted 50 minutes. On the Ukraine, reference was made to the implementation of the Minsk agreements. On Syria and Iraq, the two leaders discussed the "concrete involvement" of the international community “whilst ensuring the conditions necessary for life of all segments of society, including religious minorities, particularly Christians."
23/01/2014 VATICAN - SYRIA
Geneva II: For the Vatican, dialogue, not war, is the only solution to the Syrian crisis
Mgr Silvano Tomasi spoke yesterday at the Peace Conference, noting that the meeting should consider first the people of Syria, not the quest for power of one or the other faction. In his address, the Holy See delegates laid out five proposals for immediate implementation, including full citizenship for all Syrians irrespective of communal affiliation. He also reiterated Pope Francis' commitment to peace and a culture of dialogue.
08/11/2013 RUSSIA - VATICAN
Putin goes to the Pope: On the agenda, the war in Syria and Middle East’s Christians
The Russian president "strongly" desired encounter with Francis, which will be held on the afternoon of November 25. Ahead of the leader of the Kremlin, Metropolitan Hilarion , number 2 of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate, will visit the Vatican .
21/11/2016 13:43:00 RUSSIA – VATICAN
Patriarch Kirill celebrated his 70th birthday, to meet Card Koch tomorrow
The Russian Orthodox primate yesterday celebrated his birthday with an exhibition, gifts and special TV programme. President Putin sent him a telegram and revealed that he was probably baptised by the patriarch’s father.
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