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ROME (RNS) Because of the period of reform Francis has ushered in at the Vatican, and a list of priorities that range from Syria to a desire to strengthen ties between one of the world's largest countries and one of the smallest, the Nov. 25 closed-door encounter will take on a dramatically increased importance.


  1. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    History produces great irony.
    Russia under Putin has done more and spoken out more in defense of Christians in the Middle East than our government In fact, our government’s responses have frequently been a total disgrace. .

    • Putin’s relationship with the Orthodox Church tends to undermine efforts abroad.

      The really ironic part is the Orthodox Church being used to fight state sanctioned sectarian violence. Not only do they have a long history of inciting pogroms but are doing so now.