Pope Francis receives Chancellor Merkel

Pope Francis received German Chancellor Angela Merkel. During the cordial discussion, they recalled the long history of relations between the Holy See and Germany, focusing on themes of common interest, namely the socio-political, economic and religious situation in Europe and in the world. In particular, they spoke about the protection of human rights, of persecution against Christians, of religious freedom and international collaboration for the promotion of peace. Finally, they exchanged on views of Europe as a community of values and on its responsibility in the world, hoping for the commitment of all civil and religious bodies in favour of a development founded on the dignity of the person and in …

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