Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets with Pope Francis

“At the traditional exchange of gifts between the two leaders, the Holy Father gave the Russian President a mosaic of the Vatican guardians. Presenting his gifts, President Putin gave the Holy Father an icon of the Madonna of Vladimir, an image venerated by Russian Orthodox Christians.

“Do you like the icon?,” President Putin asked the Pope, to which he simply replied: “Yes.” Sources present at the meeting said that the Russian president then made the sign of the cross and kissed the icon, to which Pope Francis followed and kissed the image as well.”

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