Pope Francis appreciates India’s help to countries during coronavirus pandemic

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

New Delhi:

The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, appreciated India’s help to countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press release.

Prime Minister Modi and Pope Francis discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences for people around the world when they both met at the Vatican Apostolic Palace earlier on Saturday. He also briefed the Pope on the ambitious initiatives taken by India in the fight against climate change as well as India’s success in administering one billion doses of vaccination against Covid-19, the statement read. .

The prime minister also invited the Pope to visit India at an early date, which was gladly accepted, the statement added.

It was the very first meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Pope Francis. Prime Minister Modi and the Pope also discussed the challenge posed by climate change.

The MEA said it was the first meeting between an “Indian Prime Minister and the Pope in more than two decades”. In June 2000, the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited the Vatican for the last time and met the then Pope John Paul II.

“India and the Holy See have a friendly relationship dating back to the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1948. India is home to the second largest Catholic population in Asia,” the MEA said.

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