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Pope receives Scholz for personal viewers

Shaking hands as a greeting: Pope Francis (r.) receives Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz.  Photo: Vatican Media/dpa

Shaking fingers as a greeting: Pope Francis (r.) receives Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz. photograph

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Chancellor Scholz traveled to Rome for a two-day go to. We additionally go to the Vatican. There he met Pope Francis for the primary time.

Pope Francis acquired Chancellor Olaf Scholz within the Vatican for a non-public viewers. The head of greater than 1.4 billion Catholics worldwide welcomed the SPD politician to the Apostolic Palace.

For the Chancellor, it’s the first lengthy encounter with the 87-year-old pontiff. The two had already met initially of final yr on the sidelines of the funeral of the previous German Pope Benedict XVI. met. Francis can also be head of state of the Papal States in Rome.

At the beginning of his two-day go to to Rome, Scholz was already with Italian President Sergio Matteralla at his official residence, the Quirinal Palace. The Italian head of presidency Giorgia Meloni is at the moment on a go to to the USA and Canada, which is why there was no assembly with the right-wing politician. In the afternoon, Scholz will participate in a celebration convention of the European Social Democrats and Socialists in Rome, who will decide their high candidate for the European elections in June. The solely applicant is the present EU Labor Commissioner Nicolas Schmit from Luxembourg.