(Vatican Radio) Today Pope Francis received in audience the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Beata Szydło, who subsequently met with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States.
In a statement, the Vatican Press Office described the talks as “cordial” and said the two “noted the positive contribution of the Catholic Church in Polish society.”
Particular reference was made, it said, to the visit that the Holy Father will make to Poland in the month of July for World Youth Day. Also mentioned were recent celebrations in Gniezno and Poznań for the 1050 anniversary of the Baptism of Poland, that were attended by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, acting as Papal Legate.
Later, the Pope and Prime Minister focused on themes of mutual interest, such as the promotion of the family in the current socio-cultural context and the reception of refugees. Finally, issues of concern to the international community, such as peace and security, the conflict in Syria and the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the Middle East were also discussed.