It feels odd that Putin would speak about the Pope in the Russian Federation, period. Russia is 0.1% Catholic, with one diocese being almost half the country.
He seems to be the most authentically Christian leader that we have. He actually seems to care about morals. Under Obama they wanted to send homosexual representatives over and he basically, said send them over here, you will never see them again. It is rather refreshing compared to what you hear from leaders of this country.
"I receive Thee, redeeming Prince of my soul. Out of love for Thee have I studied, watched through many nights, and exerted myself: Thee did I preach and teach. I have never said aught against Thee. Nor do I persist stubbornly in my views. If I have ever expressed myself erroneously on this Sacrament, I submit to the judgement of the Holy Roman Church, in obedience of which I now part from this world." Saint Thomas Aquinas the greatest Doctor of the Church