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Merkel and Pope Discuss Ukraine at Vatican Meeting

Saturday, 21 February 2015 07:45 AM EST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to the Vatican Saturday met with Pope Francis and discussed efforts to end the bloody conflict in Ukraine. 

Merkel, who played a key role in negotiating the latest ceasefire, had a private audience with the pope where the two underlined their "commitment to reaching a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine", a Vatican statement said.

Francis and Merkel also discussed poverty, women's rights, health and the environment -- topics that will be on the agenda at the G7 summit Germany will host in June, the statement added.

The daughter of a Protestant minister, Merkel recently expressed how her Christian faith had an "important" place in her life.

The German chancellor arrived in Rome on Friday with a 15-member delegation and paid a surprise visit to the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum, a Vatican source said.

This was the third meeting between Merkel and the Argentine-born pope who had met twice before in 2013.

© AFP 2024


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on a visit to the Vatican Saturday met with Pope Francis and discussed efforts to end the bloody conflict in Ukraine.
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