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Condolences to Pope Francis

December 31, 2022

Vladimir Putin sent a message of condolence to Pope Francis on the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The message reads, in part:

“Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a prominent religious leader and statesman, and a staunch defender of traditional Christian values. During his papacy, Russia and the Vatican established full-format diplomatic relations, and ties between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches expanded.

I had the honour of meeting that outstanding man, and I will forever cherish the memory of him. In this sad hour, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to you.”

December 31, 2022