Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, the Vatican said yesterday, as the Roman Catholic Church seeks to improve ties with the Russian Orthodox Church, reports AFP in Yahoo7.
Putin has previously met the pope's predecessor Benedict XVI, as well as late pope John Paul II, and there are hopes for what would be an historic meeting between a pope and a Russian patriarch.
Relations between Russia and the Vatican have improved since the coming to power in 2009 of Patriarch Kirill, who headed up the Russian Orthodox Church's diplomatic arm for years. The Russian Orthodox Church has frequently used the Catholic Church of proselytising in Russia.
Pope Francis wrote to Putin in September as head of the G20 group of global powers to ask him to press for a political solution to the conflict in Syria without outside intervention.
Putin to pay a visit to Francis (Vatican Insider)