Pope meets Italian Prime Minister for talks on Europe
Pope Benedict XVI received Italy’s Prime Minister, Mario Monti, for about 45 minutes on Monday afternoon at the Apostolic Summer retreat of Castel Gandolfo. A communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See says the Pope and the Prime Minister held a cordial round of talks during which they touched in particular on the European situation, on the main challenges facing the European Union. They specially focused on the contribution that citizens, and especially the young generations can make to the human and spiritual growth of Europe. The two men have met several times since Monti was last November asked by President Giorgio Napolitano to form a new technocratic government in the wake of the Italian debt crisis.
Following his meeting with the Pope, Prime Minister Monti will on Wednesday hold discussions on the Eurozone crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. The Italian Prime Minister will then meet with French President Francois Hollande in Rome on September 4th.