In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Pope Francis cross themselves in front of an icon of the Madonna, given to the ... more 
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Pope Francis cross themselves in front of an icon of the Madonna, given to the pontiff by Putin on the occasion of their private audience at the Vatican, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Putin presented Francis with an image of the icon of the Madonna of Vladimir, an important religious icon for the Russian Orthodox faithful. After they exchanged the gifts, Putin asked Francis if he liked it, and Francis said he did. Putin then crossed himself and kissed the image, and Francis followed suit. They met privately for 35 minutes Monday evening in the pope's private library. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho) less 
1 / 29
Associated Press | Photo By L'Osservatore Romano, ho
Mon, Nov 25, 2013 2:17 PM EST