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President Kaljulaid meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican

President Kaljulaid meets with Pope Francis in the Vatican   © Mattias Tammet/Office of the President

Today, the President of the Republic was on an official visit to the Vatican and met with His Holiness Pope Francis to discuss both the role of church and religion in society and more practical foreign policies.

According to President Kaljulaid, the Pope remembered their meeting last year in Tallinn very well.

"Just like back then, today the Pope also prioritises unconditional caring where there is no place for hate, racism and misogyny," she explained after the meeting. “But we also discussed more practical topics, such as the developments in Ukraine, combating the climate catastrophe, multilateralism and Estonia´s plans for the UN Security Council."

Additionally, the head of state passed on the kind words of Bishop Philippe Jourdan to Pope Francis and discussed the ongoing beatification process of Eduard Profittlich, Bishop of the Catholic Church in Estonia, who perished due to Stalinist repression.

The President of the Republic gifted His Holiness Anna-Maria Vaino´s glass sculpture Hoiab (The Hold). After the meeting with Pope Francis, Kaljulaid also met with Paul Gallagher, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Vatican, with whom she discussed current global conflicts, international relations and Estonia´s plans in the UN Security Council as well as ways to direct our attention to cooperation with Africa.

Today, the president leaves the Vatican for a working visit to Torino, where she will open a painting exhibition of Konrad Mägi’s work at the Musei Reali palace. The president´s agenda includes a meeting with Torino´s mayor Chiara Appendino and a lecture at the Torino University of Technology, where she will talk about digital disruption and the future of work.

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