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Pope Francis speaks with Andrea Tornielli last year (CNS)

The article in La Stampa is headlined ‘Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin’

Rodrigo Duterte, who won by a landslide, has reportedly referred to the Pope as the 'son of a whore' (AP)

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Consensus about our shared values is breaking down (PA)

An unpleasant populism is sweeping across Europe and beyond

Pope Francis, right, and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill meet at the Jose Marti aiport in Havana (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The Pope’s soft words for the Russians will please Putin, not his victims

Pope Francis waves to faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday (AP)

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Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart said Christians felt hope after the Russian intervention (AP)

Aleppo archbishop says Christians in the country feel hope thanks to Putin’s involvement

Vladimir Putin has outfoxed the West in the Middle East
(AP)

America and Britain have helped to endanger minorities in the Middle East

Pope Francis meets Russian president Vladimir Putin in June (AP)

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Pope Francis meets Russian president Vladimir Putin in a private audience at the Vatican. Below, Ukrainians gather for the Pope's general audience (AP/CNS photos)

Pope Francis gave Putin a medallion of the ‘Angel of Peace’ at the Vatican yesterday

A convoy of Ukrainian armored vehicles move towards the front line (PA)

The worst case scenario is to offend both sides, while giving the Russian president a propaganda coup