Pope receives Irish president in audience

Pope Francis met Friday morning with Irish President Michael Higgins


Communiqué of the Holy See Press Office

Today, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the President of Ireland, His Excellency Mr. Michael D. Higgins, who subsequently met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

During the cordial talks, various matters of mutual interest were discussed, such as migration and the protection of the environment, with particular attention to the prospects of the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), to take place in Glasgow. There was also a joint reflection on the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the future of Europe, focusing finally on the theme of the strengthening of the peace process in the country.

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