Pope Francis gave on the eve of a private audience the President of the French Republic Francois Hollande. Before coming to the Vatican Hollande visited the French Catholic Church of the San-Luigi-dei-Francesi in Rome, where he prayed before an altar dedicated to the victims of terrorism.
The meeting was held in the office of the Pontiff in the auditorium the name of Paul VI. The conversation of the Pope with President Hollande eye to eye lasted 40 minutes and, according to sources in the print service of the Holy see “was held in a cordial atmosphere”. Among the topics announced in advance by Hollande – the problem of protecting Christians in the East, migration, interreligious relations, reports TASS.
The President also had a conversation with the Secretary of State (head of government) of Vatican, cardinal Pietro parolin in one of the loggias of the Apostolic Palace. The French head of state was accompanied by the Minister of internal Affairs Bernard Cazeneuve.
Observers remind that on 24 January 2014, President Francois Hollande has already visited with official visit to the Vatican. Then he touched on pressing issues on which parties take up a distant position, such as gay marriage and euthanasia, and then more than a year France has not appointed its new representative to the Vatican. This meeting was preceded by a telephone conversation that took place after the assassination by Islamists of the priest Jacques Amelia Church in the Norman town of Saint-étienne-du-Rouvray. Speaking about this conversation to journalists in the plane on the way to Rome from Krakow, Pope Francis has called this conversation “brotherly”.