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Prime Minister Ratas to meet with Pope Francis in Vatican

9. February 2018 - 5:50

Vatican, 9 February 2018 – today, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas will be visiting Vatican, where he will meet with Pope Francis and Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. He will also meet with the Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni in Rome to discuss the priorities of the European Union’s next long-term budget and migration issues.

The prime minister will talk to Pope Francis about the preparations for the pope’s visit to Estonia in autumn. “The pope last visited Estonia 25 years ago. It is a great honour that the next visit will take place during the centenary of Estonia. The people and government of Estonia are looking forward to the visit of the Holy Father,” said Ratas.

The meeting with Pope Francis and Cardinal Parolin will also focus on migration, preserving the language and culture of the native people, and human suffering in armed conflict areas.

The prime minister will return to Estonia tomorrow evening.

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