Letter #21, 2015: A Special Invitation

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A Personal Invitation from Dr. Robert Moynihan: Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, has asked to be received in audience by Pope Francis in two days, on Wednesday, June 10, and Pope Francis has agreed to the meeting. What is the purpose of this unexpected encounter? No information has yet been made public, but we know that […]

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Francis: “I entrust to Our Lady the situation in Ukraine”

Orthodox clergyman pray near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in Ukraine's Crimean region on March 1st.

Pope Francis appealed for peace in Ukraine on May 4, a Sunday. Speaking to the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the midday Regina Coeli prayer (which replaces the Angelus at Eastertide), the Holy Father said, “I would like to invite you to entrust to Our Lady the situation in Ukraine, where tensions continue unabated.” The […]

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Pope Francis Welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin

Pope Francis and Vladimir VladimirovičPutin during an audience in the Pope’s private library in the Apostolic Palace on November 25 (Galazka photo).

Monday, November 25, 2013: Moscow visits Rome. Pope Francis and Putin have an historic and private meeting at the Vatican for the first time. On Monday afternoon, November 25, in Rome, Pope Francis received Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is increasingly positioning himself as a defender of the embattled Christians of the Middle East, for […]

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