Putin Reveals What Spiritual Insight Pope Francis Offered Him at the Vatican

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Pope Francis during their meeting at the Vatican. Archbishop Georg Ganswein is second left. Putin is on one-day official visit to Italy

The president revealed that the pope always has books by Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky lying on his desk, though he did not specify the books’ titles, and that the pontiff argued that “without Dostoevsky’s books, without understanding the depth of his philosophy, one cannot be a true priest”. MORE