During a meeting held this morning in the Vatican, Pope Francisco and French President, Franois Hollande, addressed topics such as the “defence and promotion of the dignity of the person, the family, bioethics and respect of religious communities and the protection of places of worship”.
During the “cordial” meeting between Bergoglio and Hollande also discussed the situation in the Middle East and the conflicts in some African countries. In addition, both reiterated their commitment to “maintain a continuous dialogue between the State and the Church and to cooperate constructively on issues of common interest”.
The meeting lasted 35 minutes, and they addressed issues such as poverty, immigration and defence of the environment. Later, the Argentine Pope met with the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin.