As Crimea votes to secede, Ukrainian Catholic leader meets pope
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A man waves a Russian flag as he celebrates the announcement of preliminary results of the Crimean referendum in Lenin Square in Simferopol, Ukraine, March 16. Pope Francis met privately at the Vatican with the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church March 17, the day after pro-Russian voters on the Crimean peninsula voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum the United States and European Union called illegal.
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