ITALY'S PRIME MINISTER MAKES FIRST STATE VISIT TO MEET WITH POPE FRANCIS

Jan 10, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has paid her first official visit to Pope Francis, fulfilling a long-awaited opportunity to better understand the Argentine pontiff.

Meloni met with Francis alone for 35 minutes before meeting with the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the foreign minister.

According to the Holy See, the talks with Parolin focused on the fight against poverty, family issues, and Italy’s demographic problems, which have been a source of concern for both Meloni and Francis, who have both lamented Italy’s low birth rate.

According to a press release, the war in Ukraine and migration were also discussed.

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