Pope Francis hosts Vladimir Putin
November 26 , 2013
Pope Francis tried to melt the heart of Russian president Vladimir Putin and took his first real step into global politics.
Francis hosted Putin at the Vatican with intentions of pressing him on what Russia can do about the Syria situation. He even backed up Russia in the opposition to military intervention and has now made clear that he'd like Russia to intervene.
The meeting lasted 35 minutes in the private library of the pope. CTV News reported that Francis presented Putin with a ceramic mosaic of the Vatican gardens and Putin gave Francis an image of the icon of the Madonna of Vladimir.