Pope Francis received in audience the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, this morning.
According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions were cordial, and highlighted the good existing relations between the Holy See and Ireland.
“The parties focused on several themes of mutual interest,” the statement said, “such as the protection of the rights of humanity and its dignity in every stage and condition of life, the issue of migration and the welcome of refugees, safeguarding the environment, and sustainable development.”
“Special attention,” it stated, “was paid to the young and families. The importance of ethical criteria in facing the challenges of globalization, especially at economic level, was then highlighted.”
Finally, it noted, there was an exchange of views “on the future prospects of the European project.”
After meeting with the Pope, the President of Ireland met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.