Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Pope Francis to visit India during a "very warm" meeting at the Vatican City which lasted for an hour on Saturday, sources said.
The meeting was scheduled only for twenty minutes however, it went on for an hour, sources said. PM Modi and the Pope discussed a wide range of issues aimed at making our planet better such as fighting climate change and removing poverty.
In his departure statement on Thursday, Modi said he will be visiting Rome and the Vatican City from October 29-31.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Vatican City on Saturday to meet Pope Francis ahead of the highly anticipated Group of 20 (G20) Summit. PM Modi was accompanied by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S Jaishankar.
The Prime Minister will be calling upon Pope Francis in the Vatican, said Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday.
Pope Francis went Sunday to a Rome hospital for scheduled surgery for a stenosis, or restriction, of the large intestine, the Vatican said.
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Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pontiff while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. “Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God,” Francis said in one of his sit-down interviews for the film.
Easter offers a message of hope in people’s “darkest hour,” Pope Francis said, as he celebrated a late-night vigil Mass Saturday in St. Peter’s Basilica, with the public barred because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pope Francis and his close aides do not have coronavirus, the Vatican has said. Pope and his aides were tested after a person in the building tested positive for coronavirus.
Adhering to a policy of "zero tolerance" for clergy who sexually exploit minors, Pope Francis has expelled a Kerala priest convicted of rape from all priestly duties and rights, according to church officials.
After last month's unusual incident, when Pope Francis lost his cool momentarily on the New Year Eve when a devotee pulled at the pontiff's arm while he was greeting the faithful in St Peter's Square of the Vatican City, the Pope on Wednesday was confronted with an unexpected request -- a kiss.
Pope Francis slapped a woman’s hand who won’t let go of it while he was greeting pilgrims in Rome on the eve of the New Year. The video of the short encounter, in which the Vatican priest looks visibly annoyed, has gone viral on social media.
Pope Francis slapped a woman’s hand who won’t let go of it while he was greeting pilgrims in Rome on the eve of the New Year. The video of the short encounter, in which the Vatican priest looks visibly annoyed, has gone viral on social media
In the rain of Nagasaki and the silent darkness of Hiroshima, he urged political leaders to accept that true peace and international security cannot be built in a climate of distrust, but rather solidarity.
Pope Francis called Thursday for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of meetings in Thailand, where human trafficking and forced prostitution help fuel the sexual tourism industry. Francis pleaded for action against one of the region’s greatest scourges at the start of his weeklong visit to Asia.
As Francis makes the first papal visit to Japan in 38 years, he will likely look to the past by honoring the doggedness of those so-called Hidden Christians, while also laying out his vision for a future free from the threat of nuclear weapons.