Pope Francis to meet with Putin during UN visit Pope Francis will deliver a speech in his native Spanish to world leaders and meet privately with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a whirlwind visit to the United Nations, the Holy See said Wednesday. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Vatican’s apostolic nuncio and U.N. ambassador, said the pope’s address to the 193-member General Assembly on Sept. 25 will likely focus on the need for peace and economic development in a conflict-torn world facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II.

The plight of the hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking safety and a new life in Europe will also be raised, he said.He said the pope’s 2 1/2-hour visit to the United Nations will be the fifth by a pope and the shortest because of time constraints. Auza said the pope is expected to express appreciation in his General Assembly speech for the U.N. role in trying to minimize conflict and alleviate suffering — but he said the world body has also seen “lots of failures.”FULL REPORT