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Pope picks powerful Putin for summit as Obama hobnobs with celebs in Hollywood
Washington Times ^ | Nov 30 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley

Posted on 11/30/2013 10:01:17 AM PST by WilliamIII

The rising power of Russia’s Vladimir Putin was in stark display this week as he commanded an audience with Pope Francis — and then forced the pontiff to wait for almost an hour for the face-to-face meeting. The pope waited on Mr. Putin to show for 40 minutes, Religion News Service reported. And Bloomberg put the wait-time even higher, at 50 minutes.

The meeting this week was billed as a historic summit between the two power-players, and went forth behind closed doors, for about 35 minutes. Both Mr. Putin and the pope are in agreement about the need to bring a diplomatic wrap to the years-long conflict in Syria.

The meeting underscored Mr. Putin’s rising clout in the world — and many pundits noted the absence of President Obama in such a powwow.

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1 posted on 11/30/2013 10:01:17 AM PST by WilliamIII
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2 posted on 11/30/2013 10:04:54 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: WilliamIII
Obama is getting his wish - the US is descending into third world status with the prestige commensurate with our new position.

No doubt the Won will consider the new America more a comfortable place for he and his family to live.

3 posted on 11/30/2013 10:15:05 AM PST by skeeter
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To: BenLurkin

Who’s that on the left?


4 posted on 11/30/2013 10:31:07 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: WilliamIII

When I was in Israel last month for a pilgrimage, I was told on more than one occasion by the locals that Mr. Putin is re-establishing the Russian presence in Israel


5 posted on 11/30/2013 10:31:12 AM PST by Shark24
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To: WilliamIII

Pretty tacky of Putin. The Pope is a Head of State. Typical behavior by Obama, who can vote ‘present’ or even ‘not present’ more often than anyone.


6 posted on 11/30/2013 10:32:33 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Don Corleone

Tacky but the thing about any Christian, he or she can pray and spend that time with God. So waiting is no big deal. I doubt whether Francis even noticed.


7 posted on 11/30/2013 10:35:27 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Shark24
...re-establishing the Russian presence in Israel

What the heck does that mean? At least 15% of the population is Russian/Soviet born, including a lot of Russian mafia-types as well as non-Jews.

There were so many socialists in the Israeli elites that the USSR thought Israel would be pro-Soviet when it was established in 1948.

8 posted on 11/30/2013 10:39:49 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: fishtank

A Massachusetts liberal who lost an election partly because he said our biggest international threat is Russia


9 posted on 11/30/2013 10:43:19 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: jjotto

I’m sorry, I should have been more specific. I was told by the local Christians that Putin was trying to recover Russian Orthodox property they had lost/given up on over the Soviet years. Make more sense? Was just passing along some comments from people I spoke with in Jerusalem and Jericho.


10 posted on 11/30/2013 10:59:13 AM PST by Shark24
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OK, I see, although the process has been going on for at least 15 years. Some places have been reclaimed (after having been sold by the Communist rulers of the USSR), and Mahmoud Abbas promised Putin about anything he wants for the Russian Church.


11 posted on 11/30/2013 11:11:02 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: WilliamIII

Pope and Putin,,,”obama who?”


12 posted on 11/30/2013 11:12:18 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: BenLurkin

Well said!


13 posted on 11/30/2013 12:05:13 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: WilliamIII

And we don’t even have an ambassador now.


14 posted on 11/30/2013 12:22:21 PM PST by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: WilliamIII

The pope should have pull an LBJ on Putin. “Ooh, I’ve been waiting a long time here. I need to go to the bathroom first before we talk.”


15 posted on 11/30/2013 2:29:00 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: WilliamIII; Egon
Meanwhile, as Obama plays to Hollywood, or golf, we close our Vatican Embassy.
16 posted on 11/30/2013 3:09:28 PM PST by RhoTheta ("We're from the Government, and we're here to help you ... NOT")
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To: Shark24
Seems rather odd to me that the Pope, representing Western Roman Catholicism meets with the leader of a nation that follows the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith and has it's own ''Pope'' if you will, known as the "Metropolitan''and as far as I know doesn't follow the dictates of The Vatican.
17 posted on 11/30/2013 4:55:45 PM PST by jmacusa (I don't think so, but I doubt it.)
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