New Italian President to Visit Pope Next Month

Marks 1st Meeting Between Francis, President Mattarella

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Pope Francis is meeting with President Sergio Mattarella this April, marking the first meeting of the Pontiff and the new Italian head of state.

Announced on the website of the Quirinale today, the President of the Italian Republic will for the first time have an official visit with the Holy Father.

The visit is set for 10 a.m. on April 18th in the Vatican.

Sergio Mattarella was elected president Feb. 3, 2015, after former head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano, due to turn 90 in June, stepped down after his long term in the role.

Last Wednesday, President Mattarella offered a breakfast at the Quirinale, the presidential headquarters, to Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, together with the newly appointed Italian cardinals created by Pope Francis, in this year’s Feb. 14 consistory.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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