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Pope Francis Sees Putin as 'Only Man' to Defend Christians Around the World

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The upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Russian Patriarch Kirill will not only be a historic religious event, but could also have major benefits to Christians around the world, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported.

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," Russia's Metropolitan Hilarion said*.

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.

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.

*EDITORIAL: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed the quote from Le Journal Du Dimanche.  

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  • Matrix 68
    The two top Christian leaders of the two "real" churches are gonna meet after almost 1000 years to sign a joint statement. This is BIG. The Pope and the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox church are gonna put all the crap aside and form an alliance. Christianity is under attack, not only by Islam, but by the political leadership in Christian lands. They see Putin as the only defender of the faith..... that my friend says a lot. Now we see the union of the two churches to help combat the craziness the USA and global banking elite have brought to the peoples of the earth.
  • Пера Ждераin reply toNo Name(Show commentHide comment)
    No Name, we, the Orthodox Christians, are quite fine with no Pope or "real Patriarch". No need for that. No need for one person to RULE. Quite pleased with decentralization of the Church, and having only national Patriarchs...furthermore the Catholic Christian Church is criminal organization and this guy is ther Cappo di tutti Cappi...Mafia....genocidal maniacs....
  • ivanwa88
    By the way storm 95 your title is total bullshit in operation Storm there were only 300 odd deaths. Croatia reserves numbering 50000 counter attacked militias who were bombarding them day and night with artillery and tanks out of Yugoslav army depots in control of Serbia.
    Croatian's amongst others were totally defenceless until Germany provided arms and training to counter attack in operation Storm across a massive front.There was no genocide in that offensive you are telling lies go and see your priest and repent!
  • tobi.gelando
    I fully agree with Pope Francis. President Putin is the only west leader witch defend Christians !!
  • Воин Света
    This could prove to be a very powerful alliance and one in the eye for the war-mongering lying Western leaders.
  • Andreas Koppa
    If anyone ignores what the word TROLL is, here is the Wikipedia definition:

    "In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion,[3] often for their own amusement."
  • in reply toПера Ждера(Show commentHide comment)
    Пера Ждера, The pope is an evil jesuit monster. He is part of the problem not part of the solution.
  • Hagbard Celine
    Mr. Putin is well aware of the factor culture in the equation of social cohesion and christianity is an important part of it.
  • Marc Nonnenkamp
    Pope Francis is correct in this respect. Why don't the rest of the western countries abandon their reckless foreign policy of "regime change" especially in the Middle East and North Africa, and join Russia at this critical time? Case in point in hotspots such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya. This is the reason why especially the EU and Germany are being flooded with refugees.
  • armor
    I also believe that Pres. Putin is the only one defending Christianity. He is our hope .
    That meeting on Friday in Cuba is Historic. God willing, we may well see some welcome results.
    Oremus pro invicem.
  • The Pope is right on this issue, Syrian army was the only force on the ground that was protecting Christians and muslims alike from the friends of the Western nations like ISIS and al- Nusra.
  • Baybarsin reply toivanwa88(Show commentHide comment)
    ivanwa88, In Islam it is recognized that other entities exist outside of our own clay forms, they are called Jinn and they are described as being created from 'smokeless fire' by God. These forms cannot readily be seen by humans but their influence and whispers cause humans to commit great evil.

    Some people call them Archons and in North American tribal history they are Windego but they are indeed here and are our worst enemy.
  • cloprafruc
    Please stop lying. Pope Francis never said what here is reported. The Patriarch Kirill is NOT the head of the Orthodox Church: le Journal de Dimanche is run by unschooled people . In the year 1054 the schism was with the see of Costantinople and other oriental sees . Please stop lying in this way.
  • mario2015
    Be aware of the wolf in sheeps clothing. The devil always wore a casket.
  • Mother Gorilla
    Pope Francis has said some good things, especially on inequality in this world. No wonder he is with Putin.
  • White_Eagle1
    This is the 'black pope' of prophesy, a Jesuit General Sitting upon the throne of the city of 7 hills and he is the one that will control the RFID electronic currency , reinforced by the second beast of Revelations, which is the fallen USA. Our next leader, voted in, in reaction to the utterly evil Obama, will in an attempt to bring peace, eliminate terrorism, and bring about a holy revival will demand we all take that 'mark'. This current Pope is as evil, a servent of Lucifer, and has already picked out his 'false prophet', in total ignoring the Biblical writtings stating that Christ will return bodily, and at the head of the heavenly armies.
  • Ann in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    misterno1, And I do not understand why western Christians don't see that. Are their minds so clouded by BS, that they can no longer sort out the truth?
  • Ann in reply toBaybars(Show commentHide comment)
    Baybars, I think mankind is our own worst enemy.
  • Ann in reply tomario2015(Show commentHide comment)
    mario2015, NOW, he often wears Armani.
  • in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9,
    Unfortunately most people are belivers just in name these days. All are corupted by money to some degree. All go to pray to the same God but readily cheat and steel and do evil things to each other, but yet they say they believe in Jesus . What will Jesus say when he meats them, LOL.
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