Vladimir Putinto: Sergey Guneev / RIA Novosti
Pope Francis reads Russian classics and believes the books of the writer Fyodor Dostoevsky must read’, said the President of Russia Vladimir Putin after talks with the Pontiff. The Russian leader was quoted by the Kremlin press pool journalist Dmitry Smirnov, in his Telegram channel.
“Actually he said even more: “I tell my priests that without the books of Dostoevsky, without having to comprehend the depth of his philosophy, you cannot be a real priest.” You know, that says a lot,” — said Putin.
The Russian President and the Pope met on 4 July in the Vatican, the conversation lasted an hour. The sides discussed the issues of protection of Christians in the Middle East, the situation in Syria, relations between Russia and the Vatican.
After the meeting, Putin presented Francis a few copies of the new film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky’s “Sin”, the icon of saints Peter and Paul, and an album with works of Michelangelo. Francis gave the Russian President an engraving with the view of Rome.
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