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Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Vatican on June 17

Third Private Audience with the Pope

Pope Francis will receive German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in private audience on June 17, 2017, confirmed the Holy See Press Office.

It will be their third private meeting, after that of May 18, 2013, during which they stressed the values and responsibility of Europe in the world, and that of February 21, 2015, where the issue was “the fight against poverty and hunger; the exploitation of human beings and women’s rights; the challenges of global health and the protection of Creation.”

Pope Francis and Angela Merkel, who has headed Germany since 2005, also met at other times: during the opening Mass of his Pontificate on March 19, 2013; at the awarding of the Charlemagne Prize to the Argentine Pope on May 6, 2016; and again recently, during the audience to European leaders on March 24, 2017, in the framework of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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