Pope tells Putin: ‘Sincere’ peace efforts needed for Ukraine

By NICOLE WINFIELD and FRANCES D’EMILIO

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in “sincere” international efforts aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine as the two men met privately at the Vatican on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Kenneth Hackett, said his country would like to see the Vatican step up its concern about what is happening in Ukraine during the pope’s meeting with Putin, the second time the Russian leader and Francis have met since the pontiff was elected in 2013. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

 

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