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Pope Francis meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican

Pope Francis (R) meets Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a private audience at the Vatican, November 25, 2013. REUTERS/Claudio Peri/Pool (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)

Pope Francis meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Vatican said Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Francis on Monday discussed the need for talks to resolve the Syria conflict, as international officials met in Geneva to discuss a date for a peace conference. (AFP)