Pope and Macron to meet today to discuss migrants

Theme dear to the pontiff. No talks with Italian government

26 June, 09:42

    French President Emmanuel Macron French President Emmanuel Macron

    VATICAN CITY - Hosting and welcoming migrants will be among the themes on the agenda of talks today between Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron. The theme, which is dear to the pontiff, is currently the most contentious issue in European politics. Italy and France have recently clashed on the migrant crisis. And Europe is also divided in Brussels.

    However, Macron in Rome will not be meeting with representatives of political institutions or members of the Italian government as the trip to the Vatican, which had been organized a while back, only provides for meetings with members of the clergy.

    The pope will meet Macron during a hearing at 10 am. Macron will attend with his wife Brigitte and then meet with the Community of Sant'Egidio.

    Early in the afternoon he will visit the Basilica di San Giovanni where he will be honored with the title 'Protocanonico d'onore del capitolo lateranense'.

    Along with migration, the pope and Macron are also scheduled to discuss climate change and major international issues like Myanmar and the Central African Republic. Also on the agenda is aid to development, the situation of Christians in the Middle East after they were chased from Iraq and Syria. After visiting the Community of Sant'Egidio founded by Andrea Riccardi, the president and his wife will meet with members of the French community in Rome.

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