Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit India. PM Modi visited for a one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, at the Vatican on Saturday. They talked about a variety of topics, including Covid-19, global perspectives, and keeping peace and tranquility.
PM Modi tweeted via his handle, “Pope Francis and I had a wonderful meeting. I spoke with him on a variety of topics and offered him the chance to visit India”.
Both discussed a wide range of subjects aimed at improving our planet, including climate change and poverty alleviation. Since Francis’ installation as Pope in 2013, he has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time. Modi was accompanied to the Vatican by Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor, and S. Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister.
The meeting was only supposed to last twenty minutes, but it ended up lasting an hour. PM Modi extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit India. The last visit by a Papal was when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Prime Minister. Pope John Paul II visited there in 1999.
PM Modi also met Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican City State’s Secretary of State. Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the Prime Minister will meet with the Pope separately before the historic summit.
The Vatican has not planned out an agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Pope Francis, according to Shringla. When speaking with His Holiness, it is customary not to bring up any agendas. He added, “I believe we would respect that.” The PM will also attend the G20 meetings, and he added, “We will continue to keep you informed.”