Pope Francis Sees Putin as ‘Only Man’ to Defend Christians Around the World / Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20160209/1034451116/pope-francis-putin-christians.html

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In an attempt to defend Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world where they’re being persecuted, Pope Francis wants to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin for help.

According to Pope Francis, Putin is “the only one with whom the Catholic Church can unite to defend Christians in the East.”

“It’s important to join efforts [with Russia] to save Christianity in all regions [of the world] where it’s oppressed,” Pope Francis said, as cited by Le Journal Du Dimanche.

With the help of Putin, Pope Francis hopes to reach out to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani and even the Chinese government elite and work out a plan to help Christians in these regions.

Putin’s Meeting With Pope Francis Being Planned

In regards to China, Francis said he hopes to establish political contact between Beijing and Vatican since the two parties have never had official diplomatic relations, the French newspaper said.

On February 12, Pope Francis will meet Russian Patriarch Kirill. The high-profile meeting will start a rapprochement between the Catholic and the Orthodox Churches after the 1054 Schism.

The two churches split in 1054 — in what is often called the “Great Schism” — following protracted disputes over Rome’s supremacy over the whole Christian community, which compounded more strict theological disagreements.

The meeting will take place in Cuba, at Havana’s airport, where Francis and Kirill will talk and eventually sign a joint statement.

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3 Responses to Pope Francis Sees Putin as ‘Only Man’ to Defend Christians Around the World / Sputnik International

  1. Gary Martin says:

    Dear Jean,

    Simon Parkes…on Wolf Spirit Radio…
    February ’16 session of his Connecting Consciousness Show

    Why is the Pope really going to Russia….very interesting.
    This month the whole show worth hearing.

    ..go to Public Archives..then Current Archives…
    then down load session with green arrow.

    http://wolfspiritradio.com/joomla/index.php/public-archives/current-archives

    Jean make sure to catch your breath, rest up a bit, there is a lot coming our way.

    Love and Hugs Gary

    • Jean says:

      Thanks, Gary, for the info and for caring. Someone has commented that they would like me to explain what a body integrationist is . . . and maybe I will soon find time to do that.

      Also, thanks for this heads up on Simon Parkes . . . I’ll get it up 🙂

      Hugs,
      ~Jean

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