"(Reuters) - Pope Francis will receive Russian President Vladimir Putin on November 25, an encounter that could help mend strained relations between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.
relations have been fraught since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union,
with Moscow accusing the Roman Catholic Church of trying to poach
believers from the Russian Orthodox Church, a charge the Vatican denies.
Putin is the first Kremlin leader since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution
to publicly profess religious faith - to the Orthodox church - and has
several times advocated ending the long feud between the two major
Putin and the pope will hold their first meeting on November 25, a Vatican spokesman said on Thursday."
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