Pope Francis meets with Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz during a private audience on June 12


Polish Prime Minister Meets with Pope Francis

Discuss Preparations for World Youth Day 2016

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Pope Francis met today with the Ewa Kopacz, the Prime Minister of Poland.

According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions between Kopacz and the Holy Father were “cordial”. Among the topics discussed was next year’s World Youth Day which will take place in Krakow.

The two also discussed “the positive contribution of the Church in Poland in the current socio-economic context was then discussed, as well as some ethical issues.”

“As the conversation continued, there was an exchange of views on the international situation, with particular emphasis given to the Ukraine,” the communique stated.

Following her meeting with Pope Francis, Prime Minister Kopacz met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope’s secretary of state, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States.

According to a 2012 census, over 87% of Poland’s 38 million people are Catholic. (J.A.E.)

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