Pope Francis meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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Pope Francis laughs with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, during a private audience

Pope Francis meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Vatican Radio

Pope Francis met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband on Saturday in a private audience at the Vatican Apostolic Palace.

A communique from the Holy See Press Office called their discussions “cordial” and said they spoke about “the good relations and fruitful collaboration between the Holy See and Germany”.

“Issues of common interest were then addressed, with special regard for the upcoming G20 meeting in Hamburg, and the parties agreed on the need to dedicate special attention to the responsibility of the international community in combating poverty and hunger, the global threat of terrorism, and climate change.”

During the course of their discussions, Pope Francis and Chancellor Merkel also recalled the “tireless efforts” of the late German Chancellor Helmut Kohl “in favour of the unification of Germany and the unity of Europe”.

After meeting with Pope Francis, Chancellor Merkel met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

In another development, Pope Francis sent his condolences on Saturday, June 17, to German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon the death of her predecessor, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Helmut Kohl died on Friday at the age of 87, having served as Chancellor from 1982 to 1998.

In a telegramme, the Pope sends his “heartfelt condolences” for the loss of the “Chancellor of Unity”.

“Chancellor Kohl, a great statesman and committed European, worked with farsightedness and devotion for the good of the people in Germany and in neighbouring European countries.”

The Holy Father prayed that “merciful God reward him for his tireless efforts in favour of German unity and the union of Europe, as well as his commitment to peace and reconciliation.”

He closed the telegramme with a prayer that the Lord give him “eternal joy and life in His heavenly home” and extended to all who mourn ex-Chancellor Kohl the blessings of God.

Sat, 06/17/2017 - 18:28
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