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Pope calls for peace in Putin talks

Pope Francis has met privately with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Vatican, using the talks to call for a "sincere and great effort" aimed at bringing peace to Ukraine.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said their talks concentrated on the Ukraine conflict and the Middle East, where the Holy See is worried about the fate of the Christian minority.

It was the men's second meeting since Francis became pope in 2013.

Fr Lombardi said Francis stressed the need to bring peace to Ukraine through dialogue and implementation of the Minsk accords.

The pontiff also urged access for humanitarian aid.

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