November 25th, 2013
07:31 AM ET

Putin meets Pope, Russian President is on 2-day Visit to the Vatican

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis are set to meet at the Vatican today.

The two will reportedly discuss a number of topics including developments in Syria.

The meeting is striking because it’s “a meeting of two different personalities; the self-styled Russian strong man and the famously humble Catholic pope,” says CNN’s Phil Black.

“But at the moment they have a lot more in common, particularly on the issue of Syria, where the Vatican has publicly backed Russia's position opposing any sort of outside military intervention, even in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Russia likes that, because it gives their position much more moral authority.”

CNN’s Ben Wedeman says the focus today will be “on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, given the turmoil in places like Syria and Egypt.”

Russia, tied to the Orthodox Church and historically at odds with the Vatican, is allying itself to the Catholic Church now “because both churches see themselves as fighting what they describe as aggressive secularism across Western society, which they say is replacing traditional values,” Black explains.

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  1. Merocean

    I want everyone to TAKE NOTICE and help to eject all of the pirates who took over the people's newscasts, the people's government, and the people's city government, and all the judicial courts, and that includes the police departments who are paid by these crooks and do not care about their neighbors or they wouldn't be arresting, tasing, shooting, beating, swatting, and imprisoning people for purely selfish reasons.

    November 27, 2013 at 4:10 am | Reply
  2. -An Extraordinary Jurney Into Love-

    ..I feel this meeting is an extraordinary one indeed to say the least..I do wonder about the true agenda here though..These are extraordinary times indeed..
    I think there is a big agenda here though.Karen Hudes hit the nail right on the head, she is utterly brilliant..

    November 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Reply
  3. Karen Hudes

    There is a new day dawning for the Jesuits, and that is what Vladimir Putin's visit is ushering in. I have been informing the Council of Governors and the Department of Defense about the fork in the road for the United States. A power transition model is predicting that these United States and our allies, including Russia, are choosing the high road.

    November 25, 2013 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • -An Extraordinary Jurney Into Love-

      Dear Karen..Thank you for informing us that your comment had been posted here..I am very pleased for you as it means they are listening to you, taking notice.! I thank you for your fantastic work, and pray for your success, health, love and peace in all things.I just love the beginning of your comment.."There is a new day dawning for the Jesuits" I feel you are correct, and their little world is going to be tumbling down around them, and that the lies and deceit are at last coming forth into the public realm for all to see..You are a huge part of this, "Truth Bringer" Love you Karen.Stay well and safe..Janet Jyoti..

      November 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
      • Karen Hudes

        If CNN were really listening, they would not have deleted this link:

        November 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
  4. steve j.

    Thanks again Michael Pereira for tell Mr. Harry Houck that every group of Black kids are not Bad people!! These groups could be a church choirs or Boy Scouts! Is it not time for us to "stop labeling" all Black Boys Bad?!" Please help!

    November 25, 2013 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • TeamCNNCNN

      Hi, Steve,

      #NewDay hopes you'll consider posting on the FB link of your opinions about this, so that we have a diversity of opinion:

      Thanks for sharing and have a super #NewDay!
      CNN VCM

      November 25, 2013 at 9:03 am | Reply

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