Article from Voice of Russia Radio
"The issue will be touched upon at the audience with the Pontiff," Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said.
Pope Francis sent a message to Putin before the G20 St. Petersburg summit of September 2013 lauding Russia's chairmanship of the Group of Twenty and opposing the use of force to settle the Syrian conflict.
"The message created a constructive background for discussion of the Syrian crisis at the St. Petersburg G20 meeting. Interesting and rather positive developments occurred later on, in the light of initiatives put forward by our president," the Kremlin representative observed.
There will be some other topical international issues on the meeting's agenda, Ushakov said. "Special attention will be given to protecting the Christian population in North Africa and the Middle East," he said.
Russia and the Holy See advocate the preservation of priority being given to international legal and moral fundamentals in interstate communication, the presidential aide continued.
"Positions on the further coordination of efforts at international organizations - the UN, the Council of Europe and the OSCE - will be compared," Ushakov said.
This will be the third visit by the Russian head of state to the Vatican after the establishment of full-scale diplomatic relations in December 2009.
In the earlier period, Putin met with Pope John Paul II in 2000 and 2003 and with Pope Benedict XVI in 2007.
Salus Populi Romani
Invoked for the
Protection of Syria
Read an article about the significance of this image which the Pope ordered to be brought in procession to the Vatican on September 7th last, where he held a 4 hour long prayer vigil for peace invoking the protection of the Salus Populi Romani for Syria. Article here.
The remarks by H.E. Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations delivered at the Colloquium on the Serious Crisis in Syria, held in Vaduz, Lichtenstein, November 17, 2013. Read here via ORIENTAL REVIEW