Conflicts in Ukraine and in the Middle East, social solidarity questions and the visit of the Pope planned for next year, on the occasion of the World Youth Day. These have been the topics discussed during the meeting between Bergoglio and the Polish president, Andrzej Duda, received in audience in the Vatican. During the meeting, informs a note of the press room, was pointed out “the positive contribution of the Catholic Church to Polish society, also in view of the imminent visit to Krakow Francis is going to pay next year on the occasion of the WYD”. Subsequently, they have focused on certain topics of mutual interest, such as “promotion of the family, support of the most needy social classes and the reception of migrants”. In the final stages of the meeting, emerged “some issues which concern the international community, such as peace and security, the conflict in Ukraine and the situation in the Middle East”.
The private conversation in the Apostolic Palace has lasted more than twenty minutes. The Polish President then introduced to Francis his wife Agatha, his daughter Kinga and his suite of about ten people. When the time has come for pictures and gifts exchange, the President offered the Pontiff a painting of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa: “Hopefully, Our Lady is going to protect the Pope”, said Duda. Bergoglio has reciprocated with a locket of peace and explained the illustration to the guest, accompanied by a copy of the encyclical Praised Be and another of the apostolic exhortation Evangelii gaudium. “I am very happy to have met you personally and I ask you to pray for me”, asked the President before they left. At the end of the hearing, Duda talked to the Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Mons. Antoine Camilleri, secretary for Relations with the States.