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Vatican sees Putin as ‘a man of faith’ with shared Christian values

Vatican's Cardinal lauded Russia's efforts in protecting Christians in the Middle East

VATICAN, July 4. /TASS/. The Vatican considers Russian President Vladimir Putin 'a man of faith' with shared Christian values, The Holy See's Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin stated in the run-up to Putin’s upcoming meeting with Pope Francis.

"The Russian president is considered to be a man of faith, and I think that he recognizes the values important to him personally as being embodied in the Pope," the Vatican News website quotes Parolin as saying.

"Besides, Russia pays special attention to such issues as protection of Christians in the Middle East and the crisis of Christian values in Western society," the Cardinal stated. "This meeting will provide an opportunity to discuss these issues, as well as the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria," Parolin added.

He pointed out that Pope Francis’ meeting with the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, set for July 5, is not related to the meeting with Putin.